Centro Cultural Aztlan is pleased to present the 46th annual Segundo de Febrero exhibition titled Segundo de Febrero: Chicana/Chicano Reunion. This exhibit will honor the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the U.S.-Mexican War, redistributing the border, and creating a new bicultural population. In this exhibition, an exceptional group of celebrated artists will explore the impact of broken treaties, new borders, and their effects on Latino, Chicano, and indigenous history and culture.
Join us at the opening reception on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 from 6:00-9:00pm for light refreshments, music and poetry by The Jazz Poets of San Antonio featuring Los Chromies.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through February 24th, 2023. Monday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm, except for Holidays.
Performance The Jazz Poets of San Antonio featuring Los Chromies
Featured artists: Saúl Adan, Santa Barraza, Celeste De Luna, Jose Esquivel, Albert Garcia, Tony Garcia, Hector Garza, Noe G. Garza, Xavier Garza, Carmen Lomas Garza, Luis “Chispas” Guerrero, Joe Lopez, Angelica Mayorga, Peter F. Ortiz, Ben Ortiz, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Rubio, Armando Sanchez, Jose Segura, Raul Servin, Up, Luis Valderas, Andy Villarreal, Liliana Wilson, and Terry Ybañez.
Centro Cultural Aztlan is a community-based organization with a mission to preserve, develop and promote Chicano/a, Latino/a art and culture. The center presents an array of cultural activities that encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our local heritage, and makes the arts more widely available to residents of all backgrounds, ages and interests.
For more information, please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 10:00am to 4:00pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s office is located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
The Cover Art is by
Noe Gonzalez Garza
The Cover Art Photo is by
Dr. Ricardo Romo
Artist Statement: I was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas in 1961 by and to Antonia Gonzalez Garza and Jesus Fernando Garza Sr. In my early years I attended the segregated “Mexican” school in our barrio named Welhausen, where President Lyndon Baines Johnson taught impoverished Mexican American students in the late 1920’s. Being raised in the midst of the Chicano Movement and having worked as a farm worker picking potatoes and watermelons in the grueling Cotulla sun, I committed myself to earn a 4 year college degree one day. Eventually, I graduated from Texas State University in 1983 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Communication Arts. After graduation I became self-employed in San Antonio for the next 11 years creating visual and advertising art for such companies and individuals as Anheuser-Busch, HEB, Sony Discos, Capitol Records, Dinah Might Activities, Sosa & Associates Hispanic Advertising, Little Joe Y La Familia, Selena and Los Temerarios and many more. In 1995, I decided to become an educator at the age of 35 so I enrolled in the Region 20 Bilingual Education Alternative Certification and begin teaching and coaching in Cotulla. After 6 years my wife and I decided to return to our beloved San Antonio and I begin teaching visual art at Columbia Heights in the fall of 2002. The rest is history. In closing, I have been happily married for 31 years to my dear wife, Virginia Aguilar Garza and our two beautiful boys, Joshua David and Cesar Noe Garza and last but not least, our only nieto, 5 year old Joshua Liam Garza