© 2017 Alán Serna.  All rights reserved.

BIO

Alan Serna is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, MX.  Currently, Serna’s work
deals with locational identity, digital migration mapping, and his experiences as a first generation
immigrant.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is an ongoing investigation of my cultural identity and the factors that have
influenced it. In traveling between Mexico, Texas, and Kentucky, I have become aware of the
concept of locational identity, specifically in terms of Mexicanidad and how my view of my own
“Mexicanness” changes based on where I am living. I use a range of media to explore my
migration including sculpture, mixed media installation, photography, and printmaking.


Photographs have always been important to my work, at times functioning as reference
material and others as active elements in my work. My recent body of work utilizes photos
sourced from Google’s “Street View” application. This part of my process allows me an
opportunity to explore places where I have traveled in a way that exceeds limitations of real
time. The act of exploring and cataloging has provided me a new avenue of creation as well as a
space to reflect on my previous experiences traveling through these regions.


“America Sin Fronteras” is a mixed media project that documents cities and towns along
an 800 mile stretch of the Texan and Mexican portion of the “NAFTA Corridor.” This stretch of
highways is used as a distribution route for goods from Canada to the U.S. and from the U.S. to
Mexico. It is also the route my family continues to use to travel from San Antonio, TX to our
home in the state of Zacatecas, MX. The images I have collected along this this route reflect the
influence that American culture has on Mexico and vice versa. The numerous instances of
cultural imitation and hybridity present along this route in my home town led me to reexamine
my previously held notions of Mexicanidad in relation to cultural exchange.

EDUCATION

2015-2018     Master of Fine Arts: Printmaking

The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

 

2011-2015     Bachelor of Fine Arts: Printmaking (Magna Cum Laude)

The University of Texas at San Antonio,  San Antonio, TX

 

EXHIBITION HISTORY

2019

"NYFA Immigrant Mentorship Program Exhibition" (Group) Centro de Artes, San Antonio TX

"Senderos" (Juror Monica Teresa Ortiz, Antonia Castaneda, Michelle Garcia) Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX

"Tejanos"(Group) Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

"Ambos Lados" (Group) SGC International, Dallas, TX

2018

“Comida es Medicina” (Group) Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX

“Fourth Annual Lexington Guild of Printmakers Member Exhibition” (Group) the Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY

“De Aqui y De Alla” (Solo) Bolivar Art Gallery, Lexington, KY

“Images of Power” (Group) “South Town Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX                   

"Grind: Contemporary Lithography Invitational Print Exchange" (Group) Freight Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2017

"We Are Here" The PIT Gallery (Group) Lexington, KY

"Against the Grain: Contemporary Invitational Lithography Print Exchange" (Group) The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

"Grind: Contemporary Lithography Invitational Print Exchange" (Group) Freight Gallery, San Antonio, TX

"PRHBTN 2017" (Juried) Loudoun House, Lexington, KY

"Plus Ultra" (Group) Curris Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY

"Crossing Borders" (Group) Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery, San Antonio, TX

"Lexington Guild of Printmakers: Third Annual Members Exhibition" (Group) The Parachute Factory, Lexington, KY

"Hybrid" (Two Person Show) The Lyric Theatre, Lexington, KY

“New Impressions Printmaking Competition” (Jurors: Bill Fick, Carlos Hernandez, Susan Rostow) Southern Graphics Conference, Atlanta, GA

"Northeast Regional Collegiate Print Exhibit" (Juror Eileen Foti) Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ

"Three Decades Plus: Printmaking at UTSA" (Jurors Kent Rush, Gregory Elliot, Meredith Dean, Scott Sherer) UTSA Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

2016

"PRHBTN 2016" (Group) Loudoun House, Lexington, KY

"Lexington Guild of Printmakers: Second Annual Members Exhibition" (Group) Kentucky for Kentucky, Lexington, KY

"Young Artists Exhibition" (Juried) Peace Gallery, Lexington, KY

 

2015

"P2 Surplus" (Group) The Downtown Arts Center, Lexington, KY

"Texas Artist Connection" (Group) Carver Institute, San Antonio, TX

"First Annual: Members' Exhibition" with Lexington Guild of Printmakers (Group) Breadbox Studio, Lexington, KY
"BFA Exhibition" (Group) The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

"Global Latino Education Convention" (Group) University Center Ballroom, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 

"31st Student Exhibition" (Juried) UTSA Gallery Main Campus, San Antonio, TX

"Small Scale Work for a Larger Cause" (Group) Say Si, San Antonio, TX

"The Printmaking Power Couple" (Two Person Show) Melinda Martinez Studio, San Antonio, TX

 

2014

“Hecho a Mano”  (Group) Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX

“Print it Up 2014”  (Group) R Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“El Corrido del Gigante Dormido” (Group) Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

“Steamrolled Prints” (Group) 3rd Space Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“Texas Artists Exhibition” (Juried) Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX

“San Antonio Collegiate Student Exhibition”  (Group) San Antonio Art League & Museum, San Antonio, TX

 

2013

“Screenprint Exhibition” (Group) Lullwood Studios, San Antonio, TX

 

2011

“Watch Out!” (Juried) Bismarck Studios, San Antonio, TX