Ofrenda in Homage to Sam Z. Coronado
74″ x 60″ x 6.5′
Paper, fabric, flowers, marigolds, candles, wood, photograph, silkscreens.
This altar was constructed for the exhibition Rito y Recuerdo: Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art. It is an ofrenda in homage to Sam Z. Coronado, an artist, friend, mentor and Latino Arts promoter who enriched many lives with his dedication and unselfish support. He was the founder of the SERIE Project in Austin Texas which for twenty years promoted and invited Latino artists from all over the USA and beyond to create editioned prints at his workshop. He provided a space for students to grow, for emerging artists to become known, and to established artists to continue to share their unique visions. Sam provided a space where passion for art and thirst for culture would flourish. When I was invited to participate in this exhibition, I couldn’t think of a better person to honor.