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Cine Mexico America, a new series of oil pastels by Daniel Guerrero, are on display at Joan Grona Gallery through August 28. The movie-poster-size images pay tribute to the great era of Mexican cinema and simultaneously rewrite the history of Mexico and the American Southwest from the perspective of the people's indigenous to Mexico at the time of Spain's conquest. For more information, call 225-6334, or visit
GlassTire (, Texas' pretty-darn-comprehensive on-line journal of contemporary visual art, has a new editor. Performance artist Rachel Cook picked up the red pen at the Houston-based website August 1, as founder Rainey Knudsen moved into the role of executive director. For the second consecutive year, Cook is also a finalist for the Artadia 2004 Houston award, which will give five artists $20,000 in strings-free cash following a winnowing-down process in mid October. GlassTire's stable of contributors includes San Antonio artists and critics Joey Fauerso, Anjali Gupta, Catherine Walworth, and roving artist/on-the-scene photographer Charlie Morris.

A change of leadership has been rumored but does not seem to be underway at Houston-based Artlies, Texas' academically oriented print journal of contemporary visual art, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at a poorly attended party at the Finesilver building on June 26. Published four times a year, in September, November, February, and May, the next issue will be available on or around September 10. Anjali Gupta joined the staff last year as reviews editor. Subscriptions ($24/year) are available through its website,

Local free quarterly Voices of Art, founded and edited by David McCall Freeman, rolled out a new horizontal look with its latest issue (available at galleries around town). The inside remains much the same, however, with often hard-to-read type set against boldly colored backgrounds that don't necessarily complement the art. As Freeman continues to heroically grow the magazine, which began as a black-and-white photocopy but now covers art openings statewide, we hope he'll reconsider the interior palette.

Virtual passport

San Antonio-based Victoria Suescum, whose recent show at the UTSA Satellite Space received enthusiastic reviews, is represented in the exhibit Deseos en Transito, currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile, and scheduled to travel to the international Kwangju Biennale in September.

Now that's a bargain

Arthouse in Austin has created an annual $30,000 statewide prize for contemporary art, to be awarded next fall. A panel of jurors, including ArtPace executive director Kathryn Kanjo and independent art critic Dave Hickey, will select three finalists from statewide nominations made by selected curators, institution directors, and independent writers. The three finalists will receive a show at Arthouse's downtown Austin gallery preceding the announcement of the winner at Arthouse's annual November gala. "What we're doing," says Arthouse Executive Director Sue Graze, "is buying an artist a year's worth of working time." For more info, contact Melissa Berry at 512-453-5312. •

Compiled by Elaine Wolff

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