• Texas Resident Artist at Artpace Summer 2018

    Texas Resident Artist at Artpace Summer 2018

    I'm honored to be a part of this curatorial vision by Dr. Jeffreen Hayes. Thanks to Jeffreen and Veronique Le Melle!

  • Public Art Install 2018

    Public Art Install 2018

    My photo mural 'Si la Tierra Pudiera Hablar' will be installed in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in January 2018 as a permanent piece. Check out all the other artworks by Latin@ artists in the place!

  • Solo Exhibition at South Texas College in McAllen

    Solo Exhibition at South Texas College in McAllen

    I'm excited for the opportunity to show in McAllen and see the culmination of work from the past year come together into one room. Show runs through October 11th, when there will be an aritst talk and closing reception.

    South Texas College Library Art Gallery - Pecan Campus
    3201 W. Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501 Get directions
    (956) 872-3598

    http://glasstire.com/events/2017/09/06/jenelle-esparza-yo-solita-me-ensene/

  • Under the Gun/ WEEDS at Sala Diaz

    Under the Gun/ WEEDS at Sala Diaz

    Michele Monseau, director of Three Walls Gallery in San Antonio, curated a two-person exhibition inside the Sala Diaz gallery this summer titled 'Under the Gun', an exhibition portraying the pressure created by the current political climate. The work from this show can be seen on this site under the title WEEDS. Copy and paste the link below to read the write up by Elda Silva in the Express News.


    http://www.expressnews.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article/Three-Walls-exhibit-pops-up-at-Sala-Diaz-11299641.php

  • El Color de la Obra Exhibit August 2016

    El Color de la Obra Exhibit August 2016

    Opening Reception for this body of work will be at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Friday August 12, 2016 from 6-9pm.


    Interested in the historical anecdotes of South Texas, Jenelle Esparza’s newest body of work focuses in on cotton production and the predominately Latino labor force in cotton manufacturing along the US/ Mexico border. As a native of South Texas, with intergenerational ties to the picking fields, Esparza’s family is directly linked to this history. Through the use of photography and sculpture she is cultivating a conceptual documentation of the agricultural history of cotton. The exhibition aims to serve [within the borderlands] as an educational tool in understanding the social, economic, civil, and feminist lineage that was formed by cotton.

    El Color de la Obra is funded by a San Antonio Artist Grant through the National

    Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).

    Copy and paste this link for event info: http://www.guadalupeculturalarts.org/opening-reception/

  • NALAC Grant Recipient

    NALAC Grant Recipient

    I'm humbled to announce my recent NALAC grant award to continue my work on Latinos in the cotton industry during the 20th century. This project means a lot to me as it tells about my family history as well as the lineage of most Latinos in South Texas. Many thanks to NALAC for this wonderful opportunity.

  • Exhibition Opens December 3, 2015 and runs through January 29.

    The exhibiting artists were asked to create artwork about San Antonio's plaza's and their role in building the unique culture in the city. The historical site of Military Plaza (now City Hall and Plaza de Armas) was the town center of San Antonio in the 19th century and was the major space for commerce and exchange in that time period. The focus of my project is on the role of women in relation to this site which brought me to the wonderful Chili Queens. These women who played a key role in building this ‘exotic’ San Antonio culture had chili stands in the plazas and sold spicy chile con carne and tamales to residents and travelers. The Chili Queens of San Antonio made their first appearance as cooks for the soldiers in the first Presidio de Bexár and continued their chili stands in the San Antonio plazas throughout the 19th-20th centuries. Though they were merely cooking some of the poorest food, it gained so much notoriety that it is believed their recipe is the reason chili became the state dish of Texas, and it started in San Antonio because of these women. By the time the city health department shut them down in the mid 1930's, that had put a stop to a nearly 200 year tradition for the chili queens.

  • Blurred Lines: Fotoseptiembre 2015

    Blurred Lines

    JENELLE ESPARZA, JOAN FREDERICK, JUSTIN PARR, RAY SANTISTEBAN
    (San Antonio, TX)

    Curated by Rigoberto Luna

    R Gallery
    725 South Presa Street, San Antonio, TX 78210
    (210) 862-8875

    Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 2015, 6 pm – Midnight
    Exhibit on display: September 4 – 26, 2015
    Viewing hours: By appointment, Mon – Sat, Noon – 6 pm
    Contact: Roland Fuentes (210) 862-8875 | rolandfuentes@gmail.com
    Rigoberto Luna (210) 445-6997 | luna8190@gmail.com

    Live Music and DJ all evening | Free and open to the public

    R Gallery is pleased to announce Blurred Lines, our 2015 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA exhibition. This exhibit brings together four San Antonio photographers who work with a combination of traditional and new digital processes, together with sculpture, drawing, installation and video, to break out of the traditional 2D format of photographic prints. Each artist has developed a unique approach to bringing photographs to life with a new genre of art making, blurring the lines between traditional photography and new media.