I'm included in an print exhibition raising funds for organizations that protect civil rights.
This exhibition features the 2018 Winter Collection from Prints for Protest, a grassroots community of artists, several who are also members of SSP, that use their work to support organizations that protect civil rights. So far, these prints have raised over $5,000 for organizations that are working to protect marginalized communities across the US. Prints are available for $25 and under to show your love and compassion for organizations that support others.
Purchase prints here!
"Want to see a stone, creepy baby come to life? Check out a new video installation based on ancient art at the Chrysler"
By Denise M. Watson
Staff writer, The Virginia Pilot
Sun. Feb. 10, 2019
Everything old is new again. Especially with the latest exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
San Antonio-based artist Michael Menchaca has created a vibrant installation based on the Chrysler’s Mesoamerican collection, which covers centuries of art from Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America.
The statues, figurines and ceramic pieces represent a variety of groups, including the Olmec, Mayan and Xochipala, and are some of the museum’s oldest pieces.
Menchaca calls the exhibition “Dioses Nuevos,” or “new gods” to point out how he interpreted the archaic symbols into a contemporary, digital context.
The center of the exhibition is the 5½-minute video, "Histrionic Mestizaje II" that plays in the multimedia gallery space called “The Box.” The video is a kaleidoscope of dancing images pulled from the neighboring Mesoamerican collection. "Histrionic" refers to the colorful, energetic presentation, Menchaca says. "Mestizaje" is the blending of the indigenous cultures with Spanish explorers who invaded the countries beginning in the 15th century.
Visitors can treat the interplay of the two spaces like a cultural scavenger hunt — seek out the iconic stone faces and animals in the video that decorate the ancient vases and jugs, particularly the jaguar, a revered figure in Mesoamerica.
Menchaca came to the Chrysler last summer and took numerous photos so he could digitize them. He learned that one of the most popular items in the collection is a stone figure of a child, eerie with its wide eyes and flashing teeth. Docents and curators told Menchaca that people had nightmares after seeing it in the gallery. The creepy baby, as it is sometimes called, has a role in the video.
Birds are another popular symbol, and Menchaca has created a giant bird mouth to be the opening into The Box. The shrouded feel of The Box also conveys the feeling of a temple or meditative space. The installation includes two encased figures from the collection placed on each side of the video.
“Many of the pieces in the collection have animal spirits dancing in the afterlife,” Menchaca said recently while at the Chrysler finalizing the installation. In The Box, he said, “They will be alive, very much alive.”
Kimberli Gant, the Chrysler’s McKinnon Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, has been following Menchaca’s work and likes how he breathes new life into the old imagery.
Both Menchaca and Gant said it reminds viewers that what might be considered a relic of a bygone era still has meaning. Every society and era use objects, such as crosses in Christianity, to convey messages and lessons.
“Even though the context of these pieces was different, they were used for cultural and ritual purposes,” Gant said. “The work was contemporary at that time.”
Menchaca’s art also allows him to reinvigorate his cultural history.
Menchaca was born in Texas in 1985 to parents who immigrated from Mexico.
He said that at times he felt like a minority even though he grew up in predominantly Hispanic San Antonio. In elementary school, he and other Hispanic students could get in trouble if they spoke Spanish.
Once he got into college, first at Texas State University and then the Rhode Island School of Design, his work delved into social issues like human trafficking and immigration. As with Mesoamerican art, Menchaca started using animals to represent people and messages. He uses a cat to symbolize immigrants seeking a new life in America. Menchaca got the idea from growing up in a mobile home community where a lot of stray cats lived. Some people, like his mother, fed them, and the cats kept coming back. Others in the community refused to feed them to prevent them from having kittens and wanting to stay.
Cats will pop up in the Chrysler’s video.
In 2010, Menchaca paid close attention to the protest signs being used among crowds denouncing the passage of Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act. The law was passed to give police officers more teeth in combating illegal immigration. Opponents feared that it allowed anyone who looked Hispanic or spoke Spanish to be profiled. Most of the law has since been overturned.
Many of the protest signs, though, included bold prints made popular by Chicano artists.
One of Menchaca’s specialties has become printmaking.
With the Chrysler exhibition, Menchaca has covered the walls of The Box with the colors and geometric pattern taken from a fragment of cloth in the Mesoamerican collection.
Menchaca said the Norfolk installation is less about politics, however, and more about looking at old cultures in a new way.
-Denise M. Watson
The Virginia Pilot
Photo by Kristen Zeis
Prints included in Art_Latin_America at the Davis Museum
Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey highlights the Davis Museum’s extensive and diverse collection of “Latin American art," formed over the past twenty+ years. The exhibition’s thesis is expansive, an approach signaled by the underscores in the title. On one side Art, from abstract paintings to political posters and photojournalism; on the other America, understood broadly and accurately, as geography demands. Between them, the adjective Latin confronts both nouns: American works of art, yes, but only those connected—literally, through the underscore—to a particular part of the Americas colonized by Spain and Portugal, whose languages are derived from Latin.
The underscores function as productive gaps into which new meanings can be inserted, suggesting rather than restricting what goes in between. The first—“Art_Latin”—expands the range of art of inclusion to art from Latin America, art of Latin America, and art [made] in Latin America—none of which are synonymous—but also art about Latin America, or even related to Latin America. The second—“Latin_America”—further complicates the question of where such “Latin” art is produced; the gap stands for single characters: one is the hyphen, which ties together the words, but others—o, a, @, x—push them further apart, amplifying our pool to bring in works by Latinos and Latinas, as well as artists who seek gender neutrality though recent neologisms like Latin@ and Latinx (and including diasporic artists who sometimes reject those particular labels).
Art_Latin_America features some 150 works of art by 99 artists (about a third of them women) from twelve countries, including twenty-five born in the United States: among the artists in the show are Ansel Adams, Olga Albizu, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Francis Alÿs, Gunther Gerzso, José Clemente Orozco, Roberto Matta, Ana Mendieta, Liliana Porter, Alice Rahon, and Grete Stern. Rather than a chronological survey, the exhibition is organized in eight broad thematic sections—Identity and Territory, War and Loss, Protest and Propaganda, Farmers and Workers, City and Country, Saints and Rituals, Models and Mothers, and Gesture and Geometry. These themes are not intended to summarize complex cultural, political, or economic phenomena, like gender or labor. Instead, they should be seen as visual nodes or points of collision. The project elevates rather than eludes the peculiarities of this single institutional collection, formed as it was in fits and starts, through donations and purchases, and guided by varied players, according to no strictly calculated plan. More than any recent exhibition of its type, Art_Latin_America embraces diversity—aesthetic, of course, but also in terms of the artists’ background, experience, residence, and point of view—thereby pushing the concept of “Latin American art” almost to its conceptual limits. By drawing from an expansive pool, and by allowing space for new connections, Art_Latin_America aims to generate ideas and narratives that canonical works alone would not have revealed.
On View Feb 7 - June 9, 2019
Dioses Nuevos Opens at Chrysler Museum of Art!
San Antonio-based artist Michael Menchaca connects his contemporary art practice with the Chrysler Museum’s ancient Mesoamerican collection in Dioses Nuevos. On view January 25–June 30, 2019, the dynamic, new, mixed-media installation will be created specifically for The Box project space at the Chrysler.
Menchaca’s work combines video game imagery; vibrant, graphic wall text; and sculpture with references and iconography from Mesoamerican historical codices (pictorial history books). He often creates twenty-first-century deities, based on those from the ancient world, engaged with current sociopolitical issues, such as immigration and political bias that impacts Latinx, Chicanx, and Mexican immigrant communities.
Featuring original music composed by Lucy Galarza
Curated by Kimberli Gant
Michael Menchaca, the San Antonio-based artist behind a new multimedia exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art, says he hopes his work will help visitors feel more connected to the museum's ancient Mesoamerican collection. "Los Nuevos Dioses" will be on display from Jan. 25 through June 30, 2019.
New Video Documentary
The staff at the McNay Art Museum did a wonderful job of creating video documentation of my recent exhibition 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca. Click on the video above to learn more about my printmaking practice, and the process for putting together my largest printmaking installation to date.
*Video courtesy of McNay Art Museum
Special Thanks to Clayton Price and the McNay A/V team
Watch on Youtube
I had the honor of joining Neil Fauerso on this week's edition of Glasstire's Top 5 and the privilege receiving the top spot. Check out this week's Top 5 on Glasstire.com
Donate to RAICES
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*video courtesy of RAICES
Recent press on my upcoming exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, VA) in the Alt Daily. READ ON ALTDAILY.COM
2018 Endless Biennial
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6 - 9 PM, featuring a piece by Gabriel Garza
Endless Editions is pleased to present the third edition of the Endless Editions Biennial, an open submission-based curatorial project featuring artworks by over 100 artists. On view at EFA Project Space from December 7 - 21; the show is produced by Anthony Tino and curated by Oakland-based artist, curator, activist, and storyteller Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. This year’s biennial takes on the theme of OPTIMISM. Is optimism inherently positive? Does the term belie the complexity of what it is to look to the future? The 2018 Biennial questions the idea of optimism and examines how we engage with it as a tool for survival.
Artists: Marcela Pardo Ariza, Shelly Bahl, Sarula Bao, Mitsuko Brooks, Angela Conant, Sage Dawson, Ricki Dwyer, Sarah Farahat, Divya Gadangi, Sair Goetz, Nicki Green, Iris Grimm, Maya Gulassa, Katie Hargrave, Andrew Kodama, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Cara Levine, Andy Li, Joseph Liatela, Mark McCloughan, Michael Menchaca, Be Oakley, Aparna Sarkar, Rachel Cardenas Stallings, Jia Sung, Kaitlin Trataris, Lindsay Tunkl, Raphael Villet, and Lulu White, and more.
Curated by: Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
“In a world that is hard to live in, one often questions the use of the word ‘optimism.’ On the one hand, optimism references a possibility for hope in the future - a hope in part thanks to all the incredible work that queer, trans, people of color, womxn, activists, culture makers, artists, and educators are doing. On the other hand, the confidence of optimism, like when people say ‘why can’t you just be optimistic about the future?’ can make some feel uncomfortable. It feels like optimism doesn’t always hold the complexities of what it means to look towards the future or a successful outcome.”
- Branfman-Verissimo on the biennial’s theme, OPTIMISM
New Limited Edition Screenprint for sale!
Meet my brand new limited edition screenprint in partnership with the McNay Museum Store (San Antonio, TX).
Print Title: Dentro Un Mundo De Águilas
Paper Size: 11" X 14"
Printed and signed by the artist
Museum Members receive 20% off
Museum Visitors receive 10% off
Enjoy special discounts, exclusive offerings and more. Be a Patron and support your cultural institutions this holiday season. Start your shopping at 11 am. All current Museum Members will receive an additional 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum Store.
Find me at the following NYC Print Week locations:
International Fine Print Dealers Association
Ruiz-Healy Art Booth #128
Location: River Pavilion, Javits Center
11th Avenue at 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
WEDNESDAY 10/24 6:30 – 9pm Preview (tickets required)
THURSDAY 10/25 12 – 8pm
FRIDAY 10/26 12 – 8pm
SATURDAY 10/27 12 – 8pm
SUNDAY 10/28 12 – 6pm
Overpass Projects Booth #A05
Location: The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
bet. 27th and 28th Streets
269 11th Avenue
bet. 27th and 28th Streets
THURSDAY 10/25 3 – 6pm (VIP)
VIP Preview 10/25 6 — 9pm (VIP + Ticket Holders)
FRIDAY 10/26 12 – 8pm (FREE)
SATURDAY 10/27 12 – 8pm (FREE)
SUNDAY 10/28 12 – 6pm (FREE)
100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca now on view at McNay Art Museum
October 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019
For the final chapter of the series of exhibitions celebrating San Antonio’s rich printmaking tradition, Michael Menchaca will transform the McNay’s Lawson Print Gallery into an immersive environment of prints, paper installations, and video. A graduate of Texas State University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Menchaca has created a highly individualistic lexicon of signs and symbols that speak to the Mexican American experience, including immigration and the melding of cultures in South Texas.
Sunday Noon–5 pm
Tuesday Closed (except for tours)
Wednesday 10 am–6 pm
Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Friday 10 am–6 pm
Saturday 10 am –5 pm
New Prints in Progress
2018 Migrant Grand Caravan prints are currently in production at Overpass Projects, RI. This is a digital rendering of the proposed printed image, but due to the nature of the screenprinting process, is subject to change during production. Will share the final result once finished.
Creative Standard Summit
I'll be speaking at the Creative Standard Summit in Austin, TX. Hope to see you there!
Teaser for 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca
Sharing a trailer for my upcoming exhibition at the McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX. Thanks to Paul Feuerbacher and the team at the McNay Museum for putting this video together. More soon!
I'm excited to share a brand new digital animation. “Enter The Border” is a digital animation created as test footage for an ongoing video game project sharing the same namesake. The game will function as an early 1990’s arcade “beat ‘em up style” genre video game where players fight against a number of enemies and defeat level bosses to reach the final mission and ultimately “Enter the Border” as the title suggests. The digital animation was developed during the level design process for the proposed gameplay and features a number of playable characters combating level obstacles and enemies.
This animation will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art. Details below:
Michael Menchaca : Codex Animations
South Bend Museum of Art
120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
South Bend, IN 46601
October 7 – December 30, 2018
Hosting a LatinX Printmaking Panel Discussion at the 2019 SGCI Printmaking Conference
This upcoming spring, I will be leading a panel discussion titled LatinX Printmaking at the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking conference Texchange SGCI : 2019 from March 6 – 9, 2019.
This panel will address the Latinx ethos in contemporary printmaking, with a particular focus on Texas. Topics will range from historical prints distributed as a propaganda tool to influence Texas legislation, the exchange of ideas through printmaking, to the ethics of addressing "trending" issues within contemporary prints. The legacy of printmaking within latinx communities in the U.S. is undeniable, but is even more so in Texas, a state sharing a physical border with Mexico. The panelists will also discuss why printmaking is their chosen medium for expressing their political views, any difficulties experienced producing or exhibiting their work, and their perspective on what it means to identify as a latinx artist today. The theme of Texchange is connected to the Latino heritage within the Tejano population that identifies with both U.S. and Mexican cultures.
More details to come.
Are you a LatinX Printmaker?
Apply by Sept. 23rd here
*Photo courtesy of SGCI
Pacific States Biennial North America
My print Gotta Catch 'Em All!, 2016, has been selected for the 2018 Pacific States Biennial North American printmaking exhibition. Helen Frederick selected a total of 79 works for the PSBN exhibition at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center Gallery and the East Hawaii Cultural Center.
November 2, 2018 — December 28, 2018
100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca
My upcoming show at the McNay Museum (San Antonio, TX) is underway and I'm working full speed to carry out an exciting conclusion to the 100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio series curated by Lyle Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the museum.
The exhibition page for my show is now online. Visit the McNay website to see it in action.
2018 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellowship
I'm honored to be participating as a fellow in the 18th National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute, taking place July 16-21, 2018 in San Antonio. This year's class is the largest ever! Thirty artists and arts administrators are convening for a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development.
Photo by Luis Garza. Photo courtesy of NALAC.
Work included in Radically Ordinary: Scenes from Black Life in America Since 1968
Show Catalog available on Amazon.com
"Vignettes From San Antonio is an exhibition primarily focused on my turn to collage as a method to produce a series of drawings. I wanted to include traditional artworks where my hand was largely present in the works. I maintain a practice of constantly sketching on loose sheets of paper throughout my daily life. I am so used to producing artworks minimizing any evidence of my hand, as in my printmaking work, and I'm at a point right now where I am feeling a necessity to exhibit new kinds of work with entirely new subject matter. I knew I wanted to make personal work for my inaugural show at Ruiz Healy that did not focus on the divisions currently facing our country, which meant shifting the focus from objective analysis of current events and moving towards subjective, very personal and uncharted territory for me." - Michael Menchaca
Published June 7, 2018 by Alyssa Weinstein
Alumnus enjoys life as a San Antonio artist
"Texas State alumnus Michael Menchaca has made a name for himself as a printmaking artist in San Antonio.
Menchaca is known for his controversial and politically explosive art, as it contains anti-Trump elements. Menchaca’s art has made him distinct from other artists by creating art dealing with the issues of the Mexican-American border and immigration.
Menchaca graduated from Texas State in 2011 with a degree in printmaking. He then attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his masters in fine arts in 2015.
Menchaca has resided in his hometown of San Antonio since then with girlfriend Suzy Gonzalez, a Texas State alumna who graduated with a degree in painting. The two have been successful artists individually and collaboratively. ..." Read Here
San Pedro Creek Culture Park Now Open, San Antonio, TX
After centuries of history, decades of dreaming, and years of planning, the San Pedro Creek Culture Park is finally here. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo welcome you to the next chapter in the San Pedro Creek’s legacy.
Public art, cultural programming, and artistic design features presented in the park express what is authentic about San Antonio’s culture today and explores the historical significance of the creek through a contemporary art lens. This unique site provides an opportunity for artists to explore a wide variety of project types, distinguishing it from other cultural amenities in the city.
1 art installation (metal screening) around flood bypass tunnel inlet – depicting the night sky in 1718
4 tile murals that tell the story of how San Pedro Creek brought forth life, growth and diversity in our community
5 locations of historical text and poetry by John Phillip Santos etched in the limestone walls along the creek
16 colorful tile designs by Michael Menchaca commemorating the people, culture and history of our community that can be seen throughout the creek on benches and artistic design accents
3 restored bridges with ceramic artwork by Diana Kersey depicting the stories behind the street names
Glasstire - Published April 28, 2018 by Neil Fauerso
Michael Menchaca: Vignettes from San Antonio
"Some cities have artists who become sort of visual ambassadors for the aesthetic and culture. When I imagine New York in the 1980s, all the graffiti in my mind is Basquiat pieces. In San Antonio, we’re quite lucky to have dazzling, insouciant artists like Cruz Ortiz and Michael Menchaca, rather than, say, New Orleans’ anointed chronicler James Michalopoulos whose, woozy, viscous oil painting are like if Thomas Kinkade went on a absinthe and Ambien bender. (This actually is sort of how Kinkade died).
In the ecstatic current show at Ruiz-Healy in San Antonio, Menchaca took the howling, void-like desolation he felt from the election of Donald Trump and turned to creativity as a way of catharsis:..." Read here
La Prensa SA - Published April 5, 2018 by Ricardo Romo
Michael Menchaca; S.A. artist, continues growth
"Michael Menchaca’s “Vignettes from San Antonio,” at Ruiz-Healy Art gallery in Olmos Park introduces new works dedicated to celebrating his memories, his Latino heritage, and vision of San Antonio. The large mixed media pieces also connect us with history, folklore, and popular culture.
Menchaca is a gifted graphic artist and printer, but in these new creations he has expanded his artistic creativity to collage and portraits. He considers his work a reflection of his upbringing, his home, his city and family. It is for him a personal story including nostalgic memories. ..." Read Here
Vignettes From San Antonio
Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas, is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Michael Menchaca. The exhibition “Vignettes from San Antonio” opens to the public Wednesday, March 21st from 6:00 -8:00 pm and will be on view through May 12, 2018.
Michael Menchaca earned his MFA from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in 2015 with a concentration in printmaking. A San Antonio native, Menchaca is known to juxtapose images from popular culture with Mesoamerican iconography. Vignettes from San Antonio is a new series of work that is inspired by the artist's hometown. Large collage works speak to the cultural landscape of San Antonio and are made to correspond with the city’s celebration of it's tricentennial anniversary. Highlighting such iconic San Antonio scenes as Easter weekend at Brackenridge Park, the campus at San Antonio College, and the Battle of Flowers Parade, Menchaca expands his personal codex to include San Antonio specific iconography.
This series finds inspiration in the narrative works of Faith Ringgold and Carmen Lomas Garza. Menchaca creates original designs and motifs to explore personal memories with place. In his signature style, his works play with both repetition and scale with overlapping figures, patterns, and multiple windows of storyline and fable. Menchaca harks back to a long tradition of visual storytelling spanning many centuries and across many cultures.
"Adelante!" Public Art Murals now on display at the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) at the San Antonio International Airport
The artwork celebrates 300 years of San Antonio history, focusing on the airport’s culture, architecture and role in aviation history.
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.
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.
NYC Print Week 2017
IFPDA Print Fair & EAB Fair
IFPDA 2017, Ruiz-Healy Art, Booth #500
The 2017 Fine Art Print Fair will take place in the River Pavilion at the Javits Center in New York City. Enjoy the Fair’s river views and proximity to the High Line, the Chelsea Arts District, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
River Pavilion, Javits Center 421 11th Avenue at West 35th Street; October 26–29. Thursday–Saturday 12 p.m.–8 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Editions/Artists’ Books Fair 2017 at the Tunnel, Overpass Projects, Booth B14
Presented this year by the Lower East Side Printshop, the EAB Fair showcases contemporary prints, multiples, and artists’ books from publishers around the world.
269 11th Avenue; October 26-29; 11 a.m.– 7 p.m.
Auburn Plainsmam - Published October 5, 2017 by Emma Rygiel
Video Games and Art Collide in New Biggin Exhibition
"Challenging the stereotype of video games’ unrealistic nature, artist Michael Menchaca explored themes they share with history to debunk this fallacy through his production of a thoughtful and progressive collection.
Featured in the Biggin Gallery and presented through the department of art and art history, Menchaca’s exhibit “Exegesis” has officially opened. Filled with colorful, humorous and technologically infused pieces, Menchaca illustrates an intriguing artistic direction.
Continuing until Nov. 3, the exhibit combines themes found through video games with personal experiences, the history of the past and current events. Sparking conversation through each piece’s ambiguity and meaning, Menchaca illustrates the power of art to communicate and have an impact on its viewers. ..."
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!
108 Biggin Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
October 5 – Nov 3, 2017
Tile Artist 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.
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."
Edition Review in Art In Print
by Britany Salsbury, from Art In Print Volume 6, Number 6
Michael Menchaca, Gotta Catch ’Em All! (2016)
Screenprint, 24 x 18 inches. Edition of 25. Printed and published by Overpass Projects, Providence, RI. $600.
Michael Menchaca describes his work as a “digital codex”—a phrase that captures the juxtaposition and, sometimes, tension between the pre-Columbian and contemporary cultures that he cites. If this cultural collision has echoes of Enrique Chagoya’s codices [see Art in Print Mar–Apr 2012 and July–Aug 2013], Menchaca’s focus on videogames takes his visual language and content in a different direction."
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
Danielle Cunningham (DC)
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Janet Lennie Flohr
Amada Claire Miller
Rikkianne Van Kirk
Exhibition at University of Connecticut
January 26 – March 10, 2017
Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm
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
"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
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. I'll be joining this group of lovely people:
Leslie Marie Aguilar
A.H. Jerriod Avant
Sara Eliza Johnson
Studio Update on the blog.
Prints for sale on Artspace
ABOUT THE WORK
"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
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
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!
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:
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.
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.
by Jason Urban
TALKING ART WITH MICHAEL MENCHACA
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
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
3809 West 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703
December 13, 2012 — February 17, 2013
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
C H A N G A R R I T O
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.
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.
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!
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 artist grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio!