Arts and Letters Council

The Mexican Museum’s Arts & Letters Council is a group of nominated individuals, recruited by invitation only to provide support to the Museum. The Arts & Letters Council is made up of prominent and accomplished figures in film and television, and the artistic, literary, and performing arts.

  • Dr. Guadalupe Rivera Marín, Honorary Chair, lawyer with a Ph.D., economist, and teacher both in Mexico and abroad
  • Edward James Olmos, Mexican-American Academy Award-nominated Actor and Director
  • Juana Alicia, muralist, printmaker, educator, activist and, painter
  • Isabel Allende, Chilean author & 2010 winner of Chile’s “National Literature Prize”
  • Cecilia Concepcion Alvarez, Seattle-based Chicana/Latina painter and muralist
  • Alfredo Arreguín: Mexican-born, Seattle WA-based painter
  • Gustavo Arróniz, owner of Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, gallery of Mexican and Latin American visual art
  • Richard Bains, San Francisco Bay Area musician and professor
  • Calvin Barajas, San Francisco Bay Area artist
  • Jesús Barraza, San Leandro CA-based printmaker and graphic artist
  • Santa C. Barraza, Texas-based Tejana/Chicana painter, muralist and mixed-media book artist
  • Solita Ponte De Bendayan, curator, art writer, critic, and appraiser
  • Carmen Boullosa, leading Mexican poet, novelist and playwright
  • Tania Candiani, internationally-renowned Mexican artist 
  • Barbara Carrasco, Chicana artist and activist
  • Victor D. Cartagena, renowned multi-disciplinary visual artist
  • Renee Castro, artist specializing in tattoo art and teacher 
  • Yreina D. Cervantez, American artist and Chicana activist
  • Enrique Chagoya, Mexican-born painter and printmaker
  • Miguel Condé, Mexican figurative painter, draughtsman, and printmaker
  • Roberto Cortazar, Mexican painter
  • Karen Mary Davalos, professor of Chicana/o Studies and author
  • Jerry de la Cruz, American fine artist
  • Sasha De Sola, soloist with San Francisco Ballet
  • Einar de la Torre, mixed-media artist
  • Jamex de la Torre, mixed-media artist
  • Luis Delgado-Qualtrough, artist, photographer & publisher
  • Richard Dominguez, American comic book artist and freelance storyboard illustrator
  • Caleb Duarte, Mexican-American mixed-media artist and curator
  • Rudy Fernandez, Colorado-based mixed-media artist
  • Pedro Friedeberg, Mexico City-based artist and designer
  • Coco Fusco, New York-based, Cuban-American interdisciplinary artist and writer
  • Miguel Gandert, New Mexican- born photographer and professor
  • Lorraine García-Nakata, artist and arts/culture specialist
  • Camille Rose Garcia, Los Angeles CA-based mixed media artist
  • Rupert Garcia, San Francisco Bay Area contemporary painter
  • María Cristina García Cepeda, Director of Instituto Nacional de las Bellas Artes (INBA)
  • David Gonzales, Mexican-American cartoonist
  • Matt Gonzalez, American politician, lawyer, and activist
  • Dan Guerrero, award-winning producer 
  • Ester Hernandez, San Francisco-based Chicana painter and printmaker
  • Sam Hernandez, San Francisco Bay Area sculptor
  • Judithe Hernández, Chicana artist and founding member of the Chicano art/Los Angeles mural movements
  • Carmen Lomas Garza, Mexican-American artist and illustrator
  • Linda Lucero, San Francisco Bay Area artist and arts administrator
  • Beatriz Manz, anthropologist and professor of Ethnic Studies
  • Amalia Mesa-Bains, San Francisco Bay Area curator, author and artist
  • Laura Molina, Mexican-American artist, musician and actress
  • Malaquias Montoya, American- born Chicano poster artist and major figure in the Chicano Art Movement
  • Alejandro Murguía, American poet, short story writer, and editor
  • Manuel Neri, American sculptor, painter, and printmaker and a notable member of the "second generation" of the Bay Area Figurative Movement
  • Annette Niemtzow, theater producer in New York
  • Sylvia Orozco, artist and Executive Director of Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Viviana Paredes, multidisciplinary artist
  • Irene Perez, artist and iconographer
  • Miguel Angel Reyes, American artist and professor of art
  • Michael Rios, multidisciplinary artist
  • Peter Rodriguez, San Francisco artist and founder of The Mexican Museum
  • Jorge Rojas, Mexican-born Brooklyn-based artist, muralist, and designer
  • Frank Romero, Los Angeles-based artist, member of the 1970s Chicano art collective “Los Four”
  • Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano, Chicano artist, poet, and writer
  • Jos Sances, San Francisco printmaker and muralist, founder and director of Alliance Graphics
  • Anthony Torres, curator and art writer
  • Paloma Torres, award-winning contemporary Mexican sculptor, and professor
  • Robert Trujillo, American musician known for his role as the current bassist of American heavy metal band Metallica
  • John Valadez, realist painter and muralist
  • Patssi Valdez, American Chicana artist
  • Linda Vallejo, Mexican-American artist known for painting, sculpture and ceramics
  • Mark Vallen, Los Angeles-based figurative painter
  • Kathy Vargas, Texas-based photographer and professor
  • Rafael Vargas-Suarez, Mexican-born, New York-based contemporary artist
  • Emigdio Vasquez, American Chicano artist and muralist
  • Xavier Viramontes, San Francisco artist, printmaker, and painter
  • Dionne Warwick, American singer, actress, and TV-show host
  • Adriana Williams, writer and Covarrubias expert 
  • René Yañez, San Francisco Bay Area artist, curator, producer, and founding Artistic Director of Galeria de la Raza
  • Rio Yañez, San Francisco curator, photographer and graphic artist
  • Victor Zaballa, San Francisco mixed-media artist
  • Alejandra Zermeño, textile sculptor and industrial artist, based in Mexico City