The Benson Latin American Collection

Sam Coronado Papers

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Coronado, Sam Z., 1946-2013
Title: Sam Coronado Papers
Dates: 1970-2008
Abstract: Personal and professional archives of artist, printmaker, and teacher Sam Coronado of Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas.
Accession No.: 2008-13
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (+ accruals)
Language: English
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Born on July 12, 1946, artist, community leader, and entrepreneur Sam Coronado has a history of support and advocacy for Hispanic and other minority causes. He has participated in organizations ranging from a coalition examining economic development in the city of Austin, Texas to a Texas Commission on the Arts advisory panel. He was nominated as Texas State Artist of the Year for 1988 – 1989.

Coronado began his artistic career in 1969 as a technical illustrator for Texas Instruments. After a brief stint in the Army, he attended El Centro College in Dallas, Texas where he received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1975 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Coronado began painting in oils and acrylics early in his career. However, experimenting in various media techniques, he soon discovered his passion for printmaking and serigraphy, a stenciling method in which an image is imposed on a canvas by forcing ink through a screen of silk. He established Coronado Studios in 1987, an art studio specializing in screen-prints. With work that is characterized by a strong bi-cultural influence, Coronado’s art has been shown in the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Africa. In addition, he has illustrated books and magazines published in the United States, Mexico, and France. Many of his creations have attained a level of national prominence, such as “Baile de Calacas I”, an acrylic on paper published in Hispanic Magazine, and “Tejano Santa,” a print given as a gift by President and Mrs. George W. Bush to Kenneth Lay of Enron notoriety.

In 1983, Coronado co-founded Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Mexic-Arte was designated the state’s official Mexican and Mexican American art museum in 1984 by the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas. This interest and support in Hispanic artworks led to his founding the highly influential and successful Seríe Project, a non-profit organization created in 1993 to create and promote serigraph prints by emerging and under-represented artists in a workshop environment.

Coronado has taught design and lectured on Hispanic art and printmaking in a variety of museums, art schools, and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including: The University of California, Berkeley, Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellín, Columbia. In addition, in 1991 he became an Associate Professor at Austin Community College in Austin, teaching Design and Illustration courses.

In 2004, Coronado underwent heart valve replacement surgery. In order to assist with his medical expenses, the artistic community came together and hosted Puro Corazon!, a silent art auction and fundraiser that included live music, food, and drinks. Over 50 artists donated works. Coronado passed away in November 2013.

The Coronado Studio web site, including images of Coronado's artwork, can be found at

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, printed material, sketches, prints, and art slides (inclusive dates 1970–2008, 2 linear feet) record the life and work of artist Sam Coronado. Coronado’s Personal and Biographical series (1970 and undated, 3 folders) consists of those papers that document his personal life. These include his curriculum vitae, diploma from El Centro College, artist statements, and biographical statements.

The Organizations and Task Forces series (1995–2004, 4 folders) contains the materials that document Coronado’s professional association with various groups. Included in this series are materials concerning Coronado’s work as an instructor and art professor at Austin Community College such as instructor guidelines, syllabi, and course descriptions. Other items in this series include meeting minutes and notes, surveys, forms, budget information, and other materials.

The Correspondence series (1984-2006, 2 folders) contains personal correspondence, cards, EBay communications, and invitations. Most notable are documents concerning Coronado's nomination for Texas State Artist of the Year.

The fourth series, Exhibits/Shows (1999–2006, 11 folders), records many of the exhibitions around the world where Coronado’s work has been shown. Some of the items found in this series include flight and travel information, exhibition programs, artwork labels, travel guides, and children’s artwork. Also present here are materials concerning the Puro Corazon! Silent Art Auction and Fundraiser. This subseries contains bid receipts, loan agreement forms, artist information forms, and other materials pertaining to the benefit.

The Creative Works series (undated, 11 folders) contains original prints and sketches. It also contains voluminous amounts of art slides and photographs of Coronado’s works of art. The majority of the slides and photographs are currently unidentified. Exhibit announcements pertaining to Coronado’s exhibitions and shows which do not have an exclusive folder in the Exhibits/Shows series can be found in the Printed Materials series (1995 – 2008, 1 folder). Printed Materials includes one folder of exhibit announcements.

The Collected Materials series (1981–2008, 4 folders) focuses on materials not created by Coronado, including clippings, magazines, newsletters, and exhibition flyers and announcements for other artists, among other items. Assorted Collected Materials contains a French coffee book given to Coronado entitled Bar 2000 written by Stefano Benni.

The Oversized Items subseries contains a mounted clipping dated January 27 – February 2, 1988 entitled “Gente y Sucesos y Gentes y Obras,” a large poster announcing “Sombras del Sueño” dated February 7, 1992, an undated mounted biographical statement, and assorted clippings (1981-1994), newspapers (1986–1999), and magazines (1998-2000).

Additions to the Sam Coronado Papers are ongoing and more unprocessed materials may be available for research.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Coronado, Sam--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Coronado Studios
Serie Project, Inc
Chicano art--Texas
Mexican American artists

Related Material

The Benson Latin American Collection also holds the archive of Coronado's Serie Project, Inc.

Many original prints from Sam Coronado are available at the Benson Collection as part of the Ricardo and Harriett Romo Collection of Mexican American Art Prints.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Sam Coronado Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Information of acquisition method not available.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Chris Magee, Gesse Stark-Smith, and Tami Sutton (UT School of Information interns), 2008.

Box and Folder Inventory

I. Personal and Biographical

box folder
1 1 CV and Biographical Materials, undated
2 Diploma, El Centro College, Dallas, Texas, 1970 May 27
3 Assorted handwritten notes and lists, undated

II. Organizations and Task Forces

box folder
1 4 Austin Community College, 1995-2004
5 Austin Economic Development Coalition, 2003
6 Creative Economy and Cultural Vitality Task Force, 2003
7 Texas Commission on the Arts Visual Arts Advisory Panel, 2003

III. Correspondence

box folder
1 8 Correspondence, 1984-2006
9 Texas State Artist of the Year Correspondence, 1988-1989

IV. Exhibits/Shows

box folder
1 10 El Festival Internacional de la Raza, Tijuana, Mexico, 1986
11 Pyramid Atlantic's Sixth Book Arts Fair, 1999 November 19-21
12 University of Notre Dame, 2000
13 Expresiones de Color, Forma y Movimiento, 2001 April
14 Latina/o Art Auction & Symposium, 2003 May 2-4
15 University of Wisconsin, 2003 December 2-4
16 Puro Corazon! Benefit for Sam Coronado, 2004 May
box folder
2 1 Universidad Veracruzana, 2004 October 31-November 6
2 A Celebration of Cultural Awareness, 2005 November 14-16
3 University of California, Berkeley, 2005 November 23
4 Museo de Arte Moderno, Medillin, Columbia, 2006 August

V. Creative Works

box folder
2 5 Prints,
6 Mrs. Waker
7 Sketches
Photographic Materials,
8-11 Photographs, unidentified
box folder
3 1-4 Art Slides

VI. Printed Materials

box folder
3 5 Exhibit Announcements, 1995-2008

VII. Collected Materials

4 Clippings:
Oversized clippings are located in Box 5
1 Enron Clippings, 2002
2 Clippings, 1981-2003
3 Flyers and Newsletters, 1993-2008
4 Assorted Collected Materials

VIII. Oversized Items

5 Mounted biographical statement, undated
Flyer, Sombras del Sueño, 1992 February 7
Newspapers/Magazines, 1986-1999
Arriba Art & Business News, 1986-1999
The Austin American-Statesman, 1999
The Austin Chronicle, 1998-1999
Community Arts, 1999
La Prensa, 1993-1994
Time Magazine, 1999
XLent Magazine, 1998-2000
Assorted Clippings, 1986-1994, undated

Accruals to the Archive

Subsequent additions to the archive may be available. Contact the Benson Collection rare books and manuscripts reading room for more information.