Spare Parts Takes Its Mini Art Museum On A Big European Tour

click to enlarge Spare Parts' MIni Art Museum, featuring minature works from three San Antonio artists is being displayed across Europe this month. - Courtesy
Spare Parts' MIni Art Museum, featuring minature works from three San Antonio artists is being displayed across Europe this month.

Last week, a traveling exhibition at Paris' famed art museum The Louvre showcased the work of Vincent Valdez, Angela Fox and Christiana Puente, three artists who hail from San Antonio. That's certainly something worth bragging about, but the artists themselves would probably be the first to admit it's not that big of a deal, emphasis on the word "big." 

Their work is part of the "Deep in the Heart: A Texas Trilogy," a Mini Art Museum exhibition from Spare Parts, a nonprofit committed to arts education and the creative reuse of materials. The exhibit, currently in the middle of a five-city European tour, takes small-scale approach to render a subject as big as Texas, comprising just three miniature portraits no bigger than the size of a business card. 

First conceived in 2013 by teacher and artist Gabriela Santiago and Spare Parts founder Mary Elizabeth Cantú, the Mini Art Museum was designed to create a portable fine art experience that was more accessible to both the classroom and the community by showcasing miniature portraits, sculpture and mix media pieces.

The Mini Art Museum portability eliminates barriers to fine arts exposure in the classroom by bringing the museum directly to the students, albeit in a scaled down form. That same ease of transport allows Spare Parts to share San Antonio's artistic talent and the Texas cultural identity across geographical borders.

This month, Mini Art Museum board member Nancy Casanova is sharing "Deep In The Heart: A Texas Trilogy" in a number of Europe's artistic capitals. So far the tour has taken Casanova to the German capital of Berlin, as well as Nancy and Paris, France. During her stop at the French capitol, she set up the trio of Texas-themed portraits in the middle of The Louvre's Cour Napoléon against the backdrop of the museum's iconic La Pyramide Inversée.

The tour is expected to continue through June 24 with planned stops in the Italian cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. You can follow the Mini Art Museum's European tour on both Instagram and Facebook.

Below are some Instagram images from "Deep In The Heart: A Texas Trilogy" five-city tour, including the exhibit's official send-off at The Alamo. 

Deep In The Heart: A Texas Trilogy #sparepartssatx #weeart #europeantour #weeartforall #freeadmission #keepsareal

A photo posted by MINI ART MUSEUM (@miniartmuseum) on

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