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Mexic-Arte serigraph project, started in 1993, leaves its imprint on Latino art community

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Traditionally called screen prints or silkscreen prints, serigraph prints are the fine art version of prints made by layers of stencils squeegeed with ink. In the 1960s, serigraphy grew in popularity thanks to artists such as Andy Warhol.

In 1993, Mexic-Arte Museum co-founder and artist Sam Coronado started the Serie Print Project, which each year commissions mostly Latino artists to create an original serigraph. Over the years, the project has emerged as an important document of the work of many Latino artists from Texas and across the country. Austin's Mexic-Arte Museum serves as the official archive of the Serie Print Project.

Currently on view at the museum are the new prints made as part of the 2011 project by artists including Robbie Ortiz and Juan Mora. And in conjunction with Mexic-Arte's Young Latino Artists exhibit, which is also on view, prints by artists who have participated in both the Serie and the YLA projects over the years are also featured.

'Serie Print Project'

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Exhibit continues through Sept. 25.

Where:Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.

Cost:$1-$5 (free on Sundays)

Information:480-9373, www.mexic-arte museum.org