Artist in Residence

I'm delighted to be working with Master Printer Jill Lerner at the Segura Arts Studio at the University of Notre Dame. Together we will be publishing a brand new series of original fine art etchings by yours truly. Looking forward to sharing the finished images with you early 2018.

*Update* Will be working on photo litho, photo etching, and laser cut woodblock prints.

More on Segura Arts Studio here

Segura Arts Studio History:
Previously known as the Segura Publishing Company, this organization was founded in Arizona by Tamarind Master Printer Joe Segura. With the new name and new location in the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture, Segura continues his mission: to collaborate with important artists to make works accessible to the market and influential collections.

The Segura Arts Studio focuses on three areas of artistic endeavor: print processes that further the creative possibilities; production of works by underrepresented artists who explore issues related to self-identification; and work that dispels outdated and culturally biased beliefs about life in the United States, concentrating on the issues of immigration, acculturation, and assimilation.

The Segura Arts Studio challenges preconceived notions of the print via a combination of traditional processes as well as nineteenth-century photographic techniques. Established and emerging artists are invited to embark upon collaborative ventures with the studio’s staff to create relationships, develop ideas, and produce original works of art. The studio provides artists with an arsenal of equipment and technical skill that can be used to develop projects of any scope and that would often be impossible for the artist to bring to fruition working alone.
Solo Exhibition at Auburn University

Making new works for an upcoming solo exhibition titled EXEGESIS at Auburn University, Alabama. The show will include new digital works as well as new works on paper. Stay tuned!

Biggin Gallery
108 Biggin Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849

October 5 – Nov 3, 2017
Tile Designer for the San Pedro Creek Culture Park

I'm excited to be designing various ceramic tiles that will be featured throughout the San Pedro Creek Culture Park, officially opening to the public in May of 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The San Pedro Creek is the natural resource that brought early settlement to the central Bexar county region located in present day San Antonio.

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Online review on Glasstire

My current exhibition, Xenelasy and Dissension at BLUEorange, Houston, TX has a review in the online Texas art publication Glasstire. Read it here
IPCNY New Prints/New Narratives: Summer 2017

My print Gotta Catch 'Em All!, 2016, is included in the upcoming show at the International Print Center in New York. Press release follows.

"International Print Center New York (IPCNY) announces the fifty-sixth presentation of its New Prints Program, a biannual, juried open call for prints created in the preceding twelve months. Titled Just Under 100, the exhibition was selected by artist Katherine Bradford, and features 98 artists from both the United States and abroad. Countries represented in the exhibition include Croatia, France, Italy, Serbia, and Thailand, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Artists: Golnar Adili, Andranik Aroutiounian, Martin Azevedo, Felipe Baeza, Bob Barancik, Mark Barry, Anne Beresford, Kathleen Bonanni, Caeli Carr-Potter, Veronica Ceci, Liz Chalfin, Tiberiu Chelcea, Allie Christisen, Ella Coon, Jonas Criscoe, Sage Dawson, Mark Dion, Nancy Doniger, Craig Drennen, Louise Eastman, Timothy Evans, Michelle Farro, Joe Fattori, Gro Finne, Robert Fitzmaurice, Joanne Freeman, Jess Frost, Tara Geer, Leslie Giuliani, Klara Glosova, Trisha Gupta, Libby Hague, Takuji Hamanaka, Amber Hany, Lois Harada, Dominica Harrison, Yuji Hiratsuka, Cooper Holoweski, Cary Hulbert, Su-Li Hung, Sophie Isaak, Martha Ives, Frances Jetter, Warranutchai Kajaree, Susan Kaprov, Neah Kelly, Petra Kriletić, Elsa Lama von Buchwald, Rejin Leys, Joseph Lupo, Beauvais Lyons, Renee Magnanti, Erica Mao, Leonardo Marenghi, Paolo Marino, Michael Menchaca, Katie Michel, Carrie Moyer, Pierre Muckensturm, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Ernesto Ortiz Leyva, Giuseppe Pernigotti, Serena Perrone, Snezana Petrovic, Adam Pitt, Chayan Pol-asa, Michael Prisco, John Rapczak, Jolynn Reigeluth, Minna Resnick, Mark Rice, Ross Sheehan, Jess Sheridan, David Sheskin, Nomi Silverman, Wendy Small, Erin Smith, Janis Stemmermann, Elisabeth Stevens, Valerie Syposz, Eszter Sziksz, Rhiannon Skye Tafoya, Julia Talcott, Saralene Tapley, Lina Tegtmeyer, McKinzie Trotta, Phumelele Tshabalala, Jeanne Verdoux, Vilja Virks-Lee, Alejandro Waskavich, Carol Wax, Karen Whitman, Peter Williams, Jan Wurm, Hai Fei Xie, JooHee Yoon, Tomas Zemla, and Jeremy Zini.

Presses and Publishers: Overpass Projects, Dieu Donné, VanDeb Editions, LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies – Columbia University, Planthouse Gallery, Rotland Press, Cade Tompkins Projects, TechTao, Elecrow Technology, LuxeLab, American Art Editions, Edinburgh College of Art, Rayographics, Inc., Galerija Događanja, Coronado Print Studio, K. Caraccio, Milestone Graphics, ESP Printing, Bleu Acier, Gosspress, and Ross Sheehan Studio."
Review in Art In Print

My print, Gotta Catch 'Em All!, is featured and reviewed in the March issue of Art in Print Vol. 6. The review is written by Britany Salsbury. Special Thanks to Overpass Projects for getting the print noticed.
Prints for sale at 2017 McNay Print Fair

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 5:00 PM
This event is 10am-5pm on March 4th; NOON-5pm on March 5th

The McNay Print Fair is the only event of its kind in the Southwest. More than a dozen dealers from around the U.S. bring thousands of prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs to show and sell over the course of the two-day fair. The event is a great opportunity for novice and seasoned collectors alike to hone their connoisseurship skills, get to know and learn from respected and informed dealers, and perhaps go home with a newfound treasure. Participating dealers have something for every taste and budget from old master prints to contemporary drawings and photography.

Over the years, the McNay Print Fair has placed high quality art in the homes of our community, providing us with a solid and growing collector base. Come raise a glass in celebration of our 21st year!
Fine Print Exhibition

OPENING: March 3, 2017, 6-8pm
Hotel Emma Main Lobby
136 E. Grayson St.
San Antonio, TX 78215

CLOSING: March 31, 2017, 6-8pm
CAMMIE Awards 2017
Linda Pace Foundation CHRISpark
111 Camp St.
San Antonio, TX 78204

Cynthia Emma Alderete
Sabrina Alfaro
Linda Arredondo
Kim Bishop
Lisette Chavez
Danielle Cunningham (DC)
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Janet Lennie Flohr
Michael Menchaca
Amada Claire Miller
Sable Mirelez
Anthony Rundblade
Michael Stoltz
Hiromi Stringer
Luis Valderas
Rikkianne Van Kirk
Exhibition at University of Connecticut


On view
January 26 – March 10, 2017
Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Public Talk
January 26th from 5 – 6pm – Art Building, VAIS room 109

Exhibition and Artists’ Reception
January 26 from 6 – 7 pm – Art Building, CAG

Counterproof Press Residency
January 25 – 30th – Printmaking Studios, Bishop Center

The Contemporary Art Galleries will present an exhibition of artworks including paintings, prints and videos by Texas-based artists Suzy Gonzalez and Michael Menchaca. Prior to the artists’ reception, Gonzalez and Menchaca will present a public talk on their artwork at 5pm in UConn’s Art Building. This event is open to the public, and free of charge.

Gonzalez and Menchaca will be on the Storrs Campus from January 25 through January 30, making fine art prints with UConn’s Counterproof Press, a collaborative venture between the Department of Art and Art History and the Creative Writing Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The artists’ residency and exhibition are partially funded by Counterproof Press and a UConn Academic Plan Grant.
Exhibition at Ruiz-Healy
Perennial Boundaries

"In a time when the upcoming elections have border policies at the forefront of the agenda, Ruiz-Healy Art has organized an exhibition of contemporary art rooted in the socio-political experience of the U.S /Mexico border and Texas. RHA is pleased to present Perennial Boundaries, an exhibition showcasing the artwork of Margarita Cabrera, César Martínez, Fernando Andrade, and Michael Menchaca.

Perennial Boundaries examines the infinite thread that a manmade confine such as a geographical divide creates. The works included in this show provide the viewers with insights into the interests and concerns that have guided the creative impulses of these artists in their careers. Each artist is working in a unique and individualistic practice informed by their personal experiences from living on either side of the border. This exhibition is an eclectic mix of homage and critical discussions of living in la frontera and immigration issues."

Exhibition on view October 27, 2016 - January 21, 2017
In residence at Wassaic Project

I am collaborating with Suzy Gonzalez for the month of June at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY. So far it has been a learning experience. We have started to put the gears in motion for multiple works. Exciting times!
Skowhegan Alliance Screening
I will have a video included in Divisions, a video program of work made by Skowhegan alumni, on May 4th, 7:30pm 8:30pm. The screening will take place in May at Skowhegan's New York program space, 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 1001, USA
Fine Arts Work Center Solo Show
As part of my fellowship, my solo show at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery at the Fine Arts Work Center went on view. Here are images of the work.
PAAM Fine Arts Work Center 2015-16 Fellows' Exhibition
I'm so thankful to be surrounded by our talented FAWC Fellows. We have a group show at Provincetown Art Association and Museum that just opened. If you can manage, come visit Provincetown and see it before it closes Feb. 28th. Here is some footage of my piece.
Fine Arts Work Center
Happy to announce my fellowship for 2015-2016 at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
Studio Update on the blog.
Prints for sale on Artspace


"Index of figural archetypes and recurring pattern ornamentation is Menchaca’s own allegory that re-imagines the history of the Americas. He presents metaphors of contemporary social issues with a uniquely pre-Hispanic visual vocabulary. His symbols and motifs harken to those of ancient South American culture specifically; however, his imagery speaks widely to human communication and history.

This print was created on the occasion of State of the Art at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art."
Crystal Bridges Exhibition Rated No. 1 Must-See by Artnet News


This show is getting a lot of press. Most recently it made “The 25 Must-See Museum Shows Around the World”, on Artnet.

"No. 1 on the list was State of the Art, the exhibition of contemporary American art by emerging and undiscovered artists at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville."
Roger Williams National Memorial Park

Sept. 11th is the unveiling of mine and Suzy Gonzalez's first collaborative commissioned public artwork at the Roger Williams National Memorial Park in Providence, RI.

The 1st Artist in Residency (AIR) premiere
through the Roger Williams National Memorial Park

Thursday, September 11
284 North Main Street

4 pieces of public art created this summer by participants from 4 local organizations —
RISD: grad students Michael Menchaca (print '15) and Suzy Gonzalez (paint '15)
The Steel Yard
Riverzedge Arts
Tomaquag Museum

and rooted in the interpretive themes of Roger Williams National Memorial
are installed in the park this fall and stay up through the summer of 2015
as part of the national memorial's 50th anniversary celebration.
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

I'm happy to be included in this upcoming show at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Press Release:
On November 11, 2013, the second anniversary of the museum’s opening, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced a major new initiative to discover and exhibit recently created artwork from across the United States. As part of the initiative, museum president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood traveled to all regions of the country to visit nearly 1,000 artists in studios and conduct hundreds of hours of one-on-one conversations. Now, planning and research is complete and the museum has selected 102 artists for the resulting exhibition, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, debuting at Crystal Bridges on September 13.

During 2013 and early 2014, the Crystal Bridges curatorial team logged more than 100,000 travel miles, crisscrossing the country to visit artists, all in search of the most compelling American art being created today. Traveling to communities large and small, the museum sought to discover artists whose work has not yet been fully recognized on a national level.

The result of this unprecedented journey is a one-of-a-kind exhibition that draws from every region of the U.S., offering an unusually diverse and nuanced look at American art. The 102 artists selected range in age from 24 – 87, including 54 male and 48 female artists from across the country.

Randy Kennedy of The New York Times posted about it online in the Arts Beat blog. You can read it online here.
OtherPeoplesPixels Interviews Michael Menchaca
Here's a recent Interview on my latest.
Screen Printing in Sri Lanka
In case you're interested, I've posted an entry to my blog regarding my time in Sri Lanka:
A Screen Printing Workshop in Northern Sri Lanka
Southern Graphics Council 2014 San Francisco
I'm excited to attend the SGC San Francisco conference this year! I will be in full swing showing my latest prints at the open portfolio. If you happen to see me around the city please stop and say "hi". I look forward to meeting new and old friends on the west coast. See you soon!
Sustainable Strategies
If you're interested in our Sri Lanka wintersession experience you can read about on RISD's news page here.
Visit the DesineLab blog to read about our experiences in Sri Lanka:
DesignLab Blog
Sri Lanka
I am honored to be a recipient of a Peter St. Onge Memorial Travel Grant from the Rhode Island School of Design. This coming January I will be fieldworking on location in Sri Lanka with the landscape architecture program at RISD. Our research is based on reconstructing the post-war climate that has left thousands of widowed women and children in desperate need of sustainability. This is an amazing opportunity to reach out to a community in need and use art and design to make a positive change. More soon.
First Semester in the MFA program at RISD. Will have plenty to share soon.
New Prints/New Narratives: Summer 2013 is now on exhibit at the International Print Center New York.

508 West 26th Street Room 5A
New York, NY 10001

On View: June 13, 2013 - August 9, 2013

Illustrated Checklist
In the Newspaper
Happy to be featured in the San Antonio Express News today.
New Prints/New Narratives
Excited to be included in IPCNY's New Prints/New Narratives: Summer 2013 show this summer. Details below:

New Prints/New Narratives: Summer 2013
National Academy Museum, NYC
1083 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10128

June 13 - August 9, 2013
Regards from Vermont
I'm on residency at the beautiful Vermont Studio Center. What an amazing experience it has been. With spring right around the corner, it's a fitting transitional period for me both personally and professionally. I look forward to sharing with you my progress as I develop more ideas and imagery.

Printeresting Feature
by Jason Urban


Laguna Gloria // 3809 W 35th St, Austin TX 78703 // FREE

Learn more about the animated video and prints in New Works: Michael Menchaca that are inspired by Pre-Columbian codices, creation myths, and migration stories. Michael will be in conversation with Lucia R. Henderson, PhD candidate in Art History from University of Texas.

Lucia Henderson came to the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 as a Harrington Doctoral Fellow and will graduate this spring with a PhD in Art History. She received her Master’s degree in Art History from the University of California, San Diego and her B.A. in Archaeology from Harvard University. Lucia’s scholarship focuses on the art, symbolism, and ideology of Pre-Columbian civilizations. She is trained as an archaeological illustrator and has presented and published work on a diverse range of topics, including the ceramics of the American Southwest, ancient Mayan iconography, and Aztec religion.

Talking Art is a forum for visitors to engage more deeply with AMOA-Arthouse exhibitions by attending and participating in gallery talks led by exhibiting artists and other experts in contemporary art and culture. All talks are free and open to the public.
Serie Project Feature
Serie Project Blog
KLRN Video
A video profile on the Estampas De La Raza Exhibit can be found at this Video link
Top 10 Visual Arts of 2012
Thanks to Andy Campbell of the 'Austin Chronicle' for his generous mention of my New Works exhibit in his top 10 list.
New Works:Michael Menchaca
My first one-person show at a museum is on exhibit through Feb. 17th 2013. Please take a look if you get the chance.

New Works: Michael Menchaca
AMOA/Arthouse Laguna Gloria
Gatehouse Gallery
3809 West 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703

December 13, 2012 — February 17, 2013
"Uniformly Varied" at BLUEORANGE Contemporary
Some friends of mine have opened a gallery in Houston, TX. The inaugural show is up until Nov. 30th. If you have a chance please take a look.

1208 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
November 10 - November 30, 2012

On Glasstire
Drawing Workshop at the McNay Museum
I had my very first drawing workshop yesterday at the McNay Museum. I was super impressed by the energy in the kids drawings. Kids have a great way of working out their ideas simultaneously on the paper. They were really great teachers to me!
Estampas De La Raza on Amazon
The catalogue for the show of Chicano prints from the 1960's– on is available through AMAZON.
This exhibition is on view at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, TX until Jan. 27, 2013. Curated by Lyle Williams.
The People of Paper: New Figuration from the Serie Project
New Exhibit Curated by Tatiana Reinoza at the Latino Cultural Center opened Sept. 14th. If you're in the Dallas area be sure to catch this incredible show before Nov. 8th with prints from the Serie Project in Austin.
The Artpace Blog
Chalk it Up Showcase Artist Preview
Written by Chris Castillo
I'm participating at the CHANGARRITO project at Mexic-Arte in Austin on Sept. 1st and 2nd. Come see new drawings and t-shirts for sale from Noon to 3pm!
Animated Feature has been Funded!
Thanks to the generous donors who helped fund my USA Project Codex Migratus Animatus! Soon, I will embark on creating my first animated feature. Look for updates on the production of the film here.
Serie Project Interview Online
Here is an online interview with Kelly Grajeda from my Serie Project Residency.
Animated Film Project on USA Projects ----- Support Here!
In the local paper
read here
Here's a Luminaria overview on TPR
Pastelegram Online Review
A online review for my show titled Of Migratus has been posted on the site Pastelegram.
Solo show at RedSpace Gallery:
I'm exhibiting a new video installation piece in a show titled Of Migratus. Opening reception is at RedSpace gallery in Austin, TX, on March 24, 2012.

The show runs from March 24 — April 15 2012.
Serie Project XIX:
I will be participating in a residency at Coronado Studios. Look for a brand new print with the official Coronado Studio label by the end of March. The Serie Project strives to share the wealth of Latino culture with all communities by producing, promoting and exhibiting limited edition fine-art serigraphs created at Coronado Studio.

Luminaria 2012:
I am excited to announce that I will be doing a performance at Luminaria in San Antonio, TX titled Sacred Dance of the Migratos on March 10, 2012.
For this performance I will be wearing an Electroluminescent Cat Suit dancing to choreography that fuses a mixture of cultures. Listen to an interview with TPR here. Luminaria is located at the HemisFair Park, in downtown San Antonio, TX.

Update: Event has been postponed until May 5th 2012.
*Update: Fundraising unsuccessful. Will try again another time.
Kickstarter Project Launched
Send Michael to Argentina
I'm trying to raise $7,377 (airfare included) to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina for an Artist Residency at Proyecto Ace. Proyecto Ace is a non-profit artist in residence program located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've been invited to do a SUB-30 Production Residency where I will make a site-specific, full-scale installation based on my Codex Migratus project.

The residency is from April 9 to April 26, 2012. During that time, I will be researching, visiting the city, and constructing my installation in the gallery space. I plan on letting my first-hand experience of crossing borders and interacting with a new country influence my project.

This is a fairly new residency program that doesn't have funding yet. So, it's up to the artist to come up with the funds to participate in this residency. If I don't meet my goal then no rewards are given out to you and no money is given for my residency. (If I don't raise $7,377 then no Argentina for Michael and no rewards from Michael!!)

New Kickstarter Project Launched:
Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina with a rich immigration legacy that ties it to countries from all over the world. This trip would be a tremendous resource for my project! Your support will help me write deeper into the mythology of the narrative for the Codex Migratus. New experiences mean more story for you to benefit from as the work moves towards global immigration matters!

Thank you for your interest in my project! Anything helps!!!

For a donation of $100 or more, you will receive this LIMITED EDITION PRINT!

-Michael Menchaca
Strength In Numbers MIAMI:
The Skowhegan class of '11 has an ever-changing installation project at SCOPE MIAMI 2011 titled STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. You can spot some prints of mine if you look closely at the link. If your in Miami this week please check it out!
Artist Foundation of San Antonio Awardee:
I have been awarded my first grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio!
Thanks to everyone for your support!!