La Catrina Ball, 2017.

La Catrina Ball, 2017.

October 20, 2019
Fonda San Miguel

2330 W N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78756

Cocktails & Catrinas 5:30pm

Dinner & Program 6:30pm

Now in its fifth year, and following many years of the Gala del Museo, the Catrina Ball is a spirited annual fundraising event that reminisces the past and recognizes Mexic-Arte Museum’s present accomplishments in visual art and culture. The evening will be a celebration and exploration of Mexico’s indigenous roots by paying tribute to the Mayan creation myth of the Hero Twins. The Catrina Ball welcomes some of Austin’s greatest luminaries for a night of art, fashion, and philanthropy. Join us this year, as we commemorate thirty-four years in Austin with critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and unique cultural events that serve the community and schools. Your generous support during this year’s Catrina Ball will propel Mexic-Arte Museum into the future, as it prepares to renovate its building, located on 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, and continues to stand as “The Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas.”


Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts

Rina Lazo

The Catrina Ball 2018 honors Guatemalan Mexican artist Rina Lazo for her lifetime achievements in Mexican art and culture. Lazo studied at La Esmeralda, the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking in Mexico City. She assisted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera from 1947- 1957, and was an instructor at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City for more than thirty years. Lazo created mural projects at the Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala and the Museo de Antropología in Mexico City, and is currently working on a mural for Mexic-Arte Museum, which will make its debut at the Museum in the near future.


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Patron of the Arts Award

Manuel Zuniga

The Catrina Ball 2018 honors long-time Mexic-Arte Museum supporter Manuel Zuniga with the Patron of the Arts Award. Zuniga and his wife Jane graduated from the University of Dallas in the class of 1970. Fifteen years later, they and their four children moved to the Barton Hills neighborhood in Austin, where they still reside. Upon arriving in Austin, Manuel opened Structural Lumber Company, which build components for wood framed buildings. The company was sold in 1990 and Manuel and a friend started a company that came to be known as Geist Manufacturing, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and built power strips for computer cabinets for data centers. He also directs Zuniga Investments Inc. in Austin, which invests primarily in real estate. He has been a supporter of Mexic-Arte Museum for many years, and considers it the strongest cultural link between Austin’s Mexican American Community and its past.


Calavera Catrina,  José Guadalupe Posada. Zinc etching, 1910.

Calavera Catrina, José Guadalupe Posada. Zinc etching, 1910.

Who is La Catrina?

The first image of La Catrina appeared as a zinc etching originally created by José Guadalupe Posada for a satirical leaflet produced in 1910. While most of his work was unknown during his life, Posada’s images were reintroduced to the public by Jean Charlot and Diego Rivera. Rivera popularized La Calavera Catrina in his mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park (1947), and she has since become a time honored symbol for Día de los Muertos that is embraced and celebrated by millions every year.