Last updated: 1/14/2011
Austin, Texas
Street Address
419 Congress
Austin, TX 78711
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2632
Austin, TX 78768
phone: 512-480-9373
fax: 512-480-8626
Adults: $ 3.00; Children under 12 & Seniors $1.00
Museum Type(s)
Sylvia Orozco, Director/Associate
phone: 512-480-9373
Norma Jean Almazon, Communications
Herlinda Zamora, Museum Educator
Morgan Edelbrock, Museum Store
Jason Williams, Business Manager
Marian Eugenia Valdillo, Museum Store Assistant
Andres Vera Martinez, Preparator

Mexic-Arte Mueum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture.


MEXIC-ARTE Museum was founded in 1983, as a forum for artistic expression through multicultural interaction. During the next four years, MEXIC-ARTE produced programs in the 10,000 square-foot Arts Warehouse gallery and at satellite spaces throughout Austin, introducing the community to innovative ways of looking at traditional and contemporary art forms.

MEXIC-ARTE preserves Latin American cultural tradition through a variety of programs unique to the City. MEXIC-ARTE was instrumental in introducing to Texas the tradition of celebrating Mexico's Day of the Dead through its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration.

The museum continues to present quality exhibitions, presenting exhibitions of art by such stellar figures as Diego Rivera (1993), Jean Charlot (1994), and José Guadalupe Posada (1995) by important contemporary artists such as Benito Huerta (1994) and Rolando Briseno (1997). The primary exhibition focus is on group exhibitions featuring contemporary Latino/a artists. MEXIC-ARTE also works closely with the Consulate of Mexico to bring exhibition and programs from museums, institutes and artists from throughout Mexico.

The museum was incorporated in July 1984, and obtained its non-profit status in 1985. In 1986, MEXIC-ARTE opened its new home in the heart of downtown Austin. With 7,000 square feet, the museum is home to three galleries where eight exhibitions from the permanent collection rotate among in-house curated and touring exhibitions. School and other group tours are given for all exhibits, reaching out to the young people of Austin and Central Texas. Through all these programs, the Museum serves thousands of visitors annually. MEXIC-ARTE also includes a museum store, library resource center, offices, and storage space for a growing collection of archives and costumes.

Artifact Collections

There are eight exhibitions in the permanent collection.

1. History and Humanities of the Mexican American Culture in Austin, a collection of photographs with text documenting the history of the Mexican people in Austin. Approximately 180 works.; 2. Workshop of Popular Graphics/Taller de la Grafica Popular 1940-1970, etchings by Mexican artists who worked in this print studio in Mexico City during these years. Approximately 300 works.; 3. José Guadalupe Posada, a collection of prints with calavera/skeleton imagery created by Posada for the Vanegas-Arroyo publishing house in Mexico City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 15 works.; 4. Agustin Casasola Archive, an exhibition of photographs that document the Mexican Revolution. 23 works.; 5. Photographs of Great Plains Tribes, an exhibition of the photographs of William Prettyman, who documented the vanishing way of life of many indigenous groups. 11 works. ;6. Photographs of Tzotziles and Tzontales, a collection of photographs of two indigenous groups from Mexico. 50 works.; 7. Pre-columbian Collection, a group of small works by the indigenous people of Teotihuacan, Mexico and the Taino people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 29 works.; 8. Masks from Guerrero, a group of traditional masks from Guerrero, Mexico, which provide an unusually well-crafted example of artistry offering insights into Pre-columbian thoughts and religion. 100 works.

Research Collections

The museum has donated its audio and visual and organizational files to the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection library at the University of Texas at Austin

Educational Programs

Tours of exhibitions are offered to the schools and general public. Bilingual tours are also available. Outreach programs and workshops are conducted. . Catalogues are for sale in museum store


Exhibition catalogues often available; also Trajes Regionales del Departamento de Cauca, Colombia . A monthly newsletter is sent to members.

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