Art & Archives is a program series hosted by Archivists of Central Texas (ACT) that provides a space for local artists to come together in conversation with archives and library professionals to explore how their practice engages with archival materials and historical narratives.
The series of programs is sponsored by The Summerlee Foundation.
Information about each of the participating artists is available below, as are recordings of the first two events. You can also check out the program at the Austin Archives Bazaar!
Dave McClinton is an emerging artist who began exhibiting his personal work in 2015. McClinton combines his love of photography, art and graphic design to create works that speak to the viewer by communicating a personal perspective of Black Culture. Providing imagery and space for stories about the strengths and trials of the African-American community is a big part of McClinton’s motivation.
Veronica Ceci is a Queer intermedia artist based in Austin, TX. She is known for portraiture and public artworks focusing on forgotten histories. The artist makes undervalued labor conspicuous through intense materiality, repetition, iconography and lived performance. Ceci’s pieces have been in exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and are held in many collections including the Library of Congress.
Moderator Aaron Goldman is a socially engaged multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and organizer that works as a Program Specialist at the Austin Public Library. His efforts support a variety of art and learning initiatives—collectives, cooperatives, and grassroots organizations that focus on social, economic, and environmental justice.
Amanda “Semente” Caroline de Oliveira Pereira (she/ they) is a multi-medium, artist, writer, educator, model, dancer, capoeirista, and performer originally from São Paulo, Brazil, currently based in Austin, Texas. Semente received her B.A from Brandeis University with double majors in International and Global studies and African and Afro-American Studies, and double minors in Latin American and Latino Studies, and Women and Gender Studies in 2015. In 2017, Semente completed their M.A. and is now a PhD Candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin to be completed May 2022. Semente is also the 2021-2022 University Engagement Fellow at the Blanton Museum of Art. Semente is also a 200-hour Trauma-Informed-Healing-Centered Community Yoga Teacher certified through Sanctuary Yoga and The Amala Foundation. Additionally, Semente is a member of Ashé Arts Collective, We Here Collective, and Lannaya Drum and Dance.
Born in Mexico’s industrial capital of Monterrey, Adrian Aguilera immigrated as a young adult to the U.S. where he settled in Austin, Texas in late 2000s. He received his BFA (2004) from The Autonomous University of Nuevo León, México. Working with a variety of mediums that include sculpture, text-based work, print media, video public art, and installations, he researches the intrinsic essence that resides in objects. With an interest in scientific observation, cultural history, and social issues, Aguilera’s work aboard our relationship with the physical and cultural spaces in which we (co)exist. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally at The Philbrook Museum, The Contemporary Austin, Artpace San Antonio, the Fusebox Festival, The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, The George Washington Carver Museum, and The Instituto Cultural de México in Paris, France. In addition to his practice he is an active member of the Austin-based contemporary arts collaborative Black Mountain Project.
Moderator Rachel Winston is the Black Diaspora Archivist at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections