This memorable event recognizes remarkable Latinos for the artistic excellence they bring to the cultural arts of Austin. Family and friends will gather to celebrate these local heroes with a festive program that recognizes each of the awardees' unique contributions. Event is free and open to the public, and the ceremony will take place upstairs in the Sam Z. Coronado gallery. Parking on-site is free.
Recipients of the award will be further honored by the addition of their names to the multi-faceted Pétalos sculpture, a permanent installation at the ESB-MACC by artist Robert J. Mezquiti. Each individual petal honors a member of our community who has contributed significantly through service or art and holds a place for those who will continue to shape our culture in the future.
The nominees for the 9th Annual ESB-MACC Awards of Excellence are:
David Vega, Lesly Reynaga* (Emerging Artist)
Angela Valenzuela, Dr. Emilio Zamora* (Service)
Nancy Flores (Media Arts)
Markia Alvarado, Roxanna Schroeder-Arce* (Arts Educator)
Chelsea Hernandez, Federico Archuleta, Fidencio Duran* (Visual Arts)
Ruben Ramos (Music)
Virginia “Bibi” Lobo, Mando Martinez, Martha P. Cotera* (Lifetime)
The recipients of the 9th Annual ESB-MACC Awards of Excellence are: Lesly Reynaga, Emerging Artist Award Lesly Reynaga is a singer-songwriter with an enchanting ranchera voice who advocates for immigration rights, insurance for musicians, and celebrates Mexican culture through her music. She inspires Latinos through her editorial writing, as the editor for “TODO Austin” monthly magazine. From her cross-cultural compositions to her signature mariachi-style costumes on stage, Reynaga’s star is rising as her musical career continues to unfold.
Dr. Emilio Zamora, Service Award
Dr. Zamora has completed award-winning research and publications on Mexican-American history, has been recognized by the Texas State Historical Association, the Texas Philosophical Society, the Texas Institute of Letters, the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Southern Historical Association, Western History Association, and received a Fulbright García-Robles fellowship. He has served on the advisory board of the ESB-MACC and as a member of the Hispanic/ Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission.
Nancy Flores, Media Arts Award Nancy Flores writes a monthly column, Cultura en Austin, giving voice to the often forgotten and overlooked work of Latino, Chicano, and Tejano artists in Central Texas. Her series of interviews, videos and presentations for the HABLA project won her several awards and integrated in a multimedia format and has given the city a special level of awareness and appreciation for the roots and history of East Austin.
Fidencio Duran, Visual Arts Award Fidencio Duran’s murals tell the rich story of Austin’s Latino and African-American History. His public works range from murals at public buildings all throughout East Austin including Parque Zaragoza, Montopolis Recreation Center, The Greyhound Bus Station, and Dell Children’s Medical Center. He has often involved children in the development of his murals. His most prominent local works is a nine-panel mural, The Visit, Austin Bergstrom Airport, (1999).
Ruben Ramos, Music Award
A Tejano music performer since the late 1960’s, Ruben Ramos was inducted into the Tejano Music Awards of Hall of Fame in 1998 and won Best Male Vocalist in 1999. In 2009, Ramos and his band, The Mexican Revolution, won the Grammy for Best Tejano Album of the Year. An incredibly talented local legend, Ramos has enjoyed a long-lived career and is still performing at age 58.
Martha P. Cotera, Lifetime Achievement Award
The legendary Martha Cotera has a long career as an archivist, published author, community advocate, and co-founder of Academia Cuautli. Martha Cotera is widely recognized as one of the most influential Mexican American feminist scholars of the 20th century. Among her groundbreaking accomplishments is the non-profit Chicana Research and Learning Center, founded in Austin in 1974, which helped to fund research projects with an emphasis on women of color. Published works include Diosa y Hembra and The Chicana Feminist.