Celeste De Luna

My artwork is about my community and environment and strives to provoke thought and conversation about social change. It is a way of thinking, processing, and sharing information.   My work isn't just for the art world but also for my family, community, and people interested in border studies, Xican@ art, feminism, and politics.  

Artist's Statement:

My work is a tool to understand and deconstruct oppressive paradigms in my physical/spiritual/psychic environment. I explore the complexity of relationships of borderland people and landscape.  Common themes in my work include migrant/border experiences of women, children, families, Tejas landscape, the spiritual struggle of conflicting identities, and “survivor’s guilt”. Common iconography frequently features razor wire, fences, bridges, and anchor babies. By mapping geopolitical aspects of my environment, I understand myself better. Post-911 militarization of my homeland and has been the catalyst of “conocimiento” for me, a concept written about by Xicana lesbian thinker Gloria Anzaldua.   Sometimes, I use my imagination to create narratives in which I use my family and myself as characters. In this way, I explore the concept of “You are the other me.”  By imagining myself as the other, my borderland narratives take on a personal and feminist viewpoint that contradicts superficial“border violence” stereotypes. 


Celeste De Luna is a printmaker from the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. “A true daughter of the borderlands, her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border,” writes Ines Hernandez-Avila. De Luna continues to explore the geo-political aspects of post-911 militarization of her environment such as border walls, drones, checkpoints, and bridges. Much of her work is centered on the border experiences of mixed documentation status communities.  Her iconography frequently shows razor wire, fences, bridges, and “anchor babies”.  

De Luna is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcuts and fabric installation. Her political subject matter is social commentary with a feminine sensibility. In addition to her studio practice of creating large-scale relief prints, quilts, and installation, De Luna works in collaboration with community in Brownsville, Texas as a cofounder of the socially engaged arts collaborative Las Imaginistas.  Las Imaginistas are recipients of a 2017 Artplace America Creative Placemaking grant and 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellows.  Currently, De Lunais managing her print shop, Metzli Press, creating curriculum for a community printmaking collaborative, Taller de Permiso, (Permission Workshop,)  and a lecturer at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and lives with her family in Harlingen, Texas. 





Celeste De Luna, C.V.


2009     M.F.A.  Studio Art University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas.

1998     B.A. St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas

Current/Upcoming Projects:

“Domestic Duty” solo show Texas A & M Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas. Jesus De La Rosa. January 2019.

“Creative Place-Keeping on the South Texas Mexican Border”  co-chairing a session at College Art Association conference. New York, New York. February 2019

“Outer Terrains,” Box 13 Art Space Latino Art Now Conference. Houston, Texas. Tere Garcia and Victoria Paige Gonzales. February  2019.

 “Social Practice and Printmaking Collectives: Then and Now” co-chairing a panel with Laura Berman at Southern Graphics Council International Texchange conference. Dallas, TX. March 2019.

Resistance and Relief Workshop, Women’s Studio Workshop. Rosendale, New York, Erin Zona. July 2019.

Solo Exhibitions:

2017.   Tragic/Magic Valley, one person show at Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center. San Benito Texas. Feb.  Melissa Vega.

2016.  “Our Lady of the Checkpoint, Our Mother Thrice Detained” One-person art exhibit. Tejano Civil Rights Museum, Corpus Christi, TX. September 2016. Nick Adame.

2016.  “One Thousand Cuts” Solo art exhibit, La Pena Gallery, Austin, TX.  March 2016. Cynthia and Lidia Perez.

2015.  Past the Checkpoint, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, Texas. (Contemporary Art Month )

2013.  Nepantla: Art from the Four Corners of the Valley, South Texas College McAllen, Texas. (curated by Rachael Brown, Texas Biennial 2013)

2010.  Mujer al Borde de….?” One-person show at Casa de Cultura. Del Rio, Texas.

2009. Borderline, Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, San Benito, Texas. (Curated by Cristina Balli)

Selected Exhibitions:

2018 “La Frontera Nos Cruzo A Nosotros.” UNAM Centro Cultural Morelia. October 4-December 18, 2018.  Morelia Michoacan. Curated by Rene Arceo.

2018  Deep Roots: An Intersection of Borders” UTSA Main Art Gallery. University of Texas San Antonio.  San Antonio, TX. August 29-October 5, 2018. Curated by Chris Davila and Liz Paris.

2018 “The Quilted Print” Catapult Creative House Cape Girardeau, MO. Blake and Hannah Sanders. March 9-April 2, 2018.

2018  “Latinos in Printmaking,” Print Austin 2018 event.  La Pena Gallery. Austin, Texas. Jan 8-Feb 1, 2018. Cynthia Perez.

2017 “Human Rights Exhibit” Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, Tx.  Oct. 20, 2017-June 3, 2018. Carol Manley.

2017. “Dispatch” RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA.  July 8-Sept. 3, 2017. Blake and Hannah Sanders.

2017. “American Dream” juried show, honorable mention. July 7-Aug. 18, 2017.  K space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX.

2017.  “Visions From the Inside” The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA. June 16-Aug. 20, 2017.  Culturestrike.

2017. “Tu Cuerpo Es Una Frontera” Print release and signing. La Printeria, San Antonio, Tx, April 22, 2017.

2016. “Fencing In Democracy.” apexart.org. New York, NY. Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. June 2- July 30, 2016. (catalogue)  

2016. Visions on the Inside”. Online art exhibit. CultureStrike. Oakland, California. Julio Salgado, project manager. July 2016.

2016. “Nuevo Arte 2016”  UTSA. San Antonio, Texas. Juror: Kimberly Arp.  June 8-July 28, 2016, 2018. (catalogue)

2015.  10th Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition 2015. Merit Award. Juror: Richard Lubben.  South Texas College, McAllen, Texas. (catalogue) March 23-April 24.

2015.  Texas Size Breach Project.  Texas A&M University-San Antonio Educational & Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas.  (catalogue, curated by Alicia Viera)

2013. The Serie Project: Serie XX.  Sam Coronado. Austin, Texas. October 19, 2013.

2013. South Texas Annual Human Rights Art Show.  South Texas College, McAllen, Texas. (catalogue) 2013

2013. “TAMUK Art Round-up” Group steamroller printmaking event and show.  Javelina Innovation Lab. Kingsville, Texas. Curated by Jesus De La Rosa. Nov. 17, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

2012.  “Immigration, Migration, Movement & the Humanities”.  Institute for Humanities Research. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.  Mark Esquivel. January 15- Apr. 21, 2012.

2010. Mexican Revolution Centennial Print Portfolio.  Chicago, Illinois. Curated by Rene Arceo. August 2010

2009. “El Mundo Zurdo,” Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.  San Antonio, Texas. Curated by Anel Flores and Magda Garcia. May 2009.

Teaching Experience:

·       2017-                           Lecturer at UTRGV.  Brownsville, Texas (Art Appreciation, Drawing I & II, Printmaking)

·       2016-17                       Part-Time Lecturer at UTRGV. Brownsville, Texas. Fall 2016, Spring 2017.

·       2013-2016                   Cano Freshmen Academy, Harlingen, Texas.  Secondary Art Teacher. 

·       2015                            Adjunct Faculty, Texas State Technical College, Harlingen, Texas. (Fall)

·       2013                            Adjunct Faculty, South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas. (Spring)

·       2012                            Adjunct Faculty, South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas. (Fall)

·       2010-2012                   Secondary Art Teacher, Porter High School, Brownsville ISD, Brownsville, Texas.

·       2011                            Adjunct Faculty, South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas. (Drawing I, Art Appreciation)

·       2009-2010                   Adjunct Faculty, University Gallery Director of Rusteberg Gallery. University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, Brownsville, Texas. (Summer, Fall, Spring)

·       2008-2009                   Teaching Assistant, University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburgh, Texas. (Fall/Spring 2008, Spring 2009)

·       1999-2006                   Secondary Art Teacher, Weslaco East High School, Weslaco, TX. (Art I, Art II, AP Studio Art, Pre-AP Art I)



  • Aunt Lute/ADR Foundation  RGV Poetry Project $2800, Maya Sisneros, 2019.

  • A Blade of Grass Fellow 2018 for Hacemos La Ciudad (We Make the City) (Las Imaginista Collective)

  • Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident Artist 2017-2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Toni Gentilli. July 2018.

  • 2017 Art Place America Creative Placemaking Grant. (Las Imaginista Collective)

  • 2016 Residency at Activating Vacancy Arts Incubator at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. Christina Houle. Brownsville, Texas. June-November 2016.

  • 2015. 10th Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition.  South Texas College. Merit Award. McAllen, TX.

  • 2015. Contemporary Art Month Award Alchemic Reactions Award for Collaborating Artists. San Antonio, TX.

  • 2014.Contemporary Art Month Cammie Award with Spare Parts Lady Base Gallery. San Antonio, TX.

  • 2013. Texas Biennial Participating Artist.

  • 2009. Alma de Mujer Artist’s Residency. Indigenous Women’s Network, 13621 FM 2769, Austin, TX 78726. Aug 8-15, 2009. Maribel Garza, program director.

  • 2008. Muralist in Training Boot Camp, San Anto Cultural Arts Center, 1300 Chihuahua St, San Antonio, Texas, 78207.  8/11/08-8/18/08. Executive director Manuel D. Castillo.


·   Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 2017.

·   University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, Texas.

·   La Printeria, San Antonio, Texas.  Harvey Mireles.

·   Coronado Studios Print Collection, Austin, Texas.

·   Human Rights Art Exhibition, Permanent Collection. South Texas College, McAllen, Texas.

·   South Texas Human Right Center, Falfurrias, Texas.

·   Texas A&M Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas.

Public Works:

  • Woman Fence, Building community workshop. Christina Houle, project manager. Brownsville, Texas. 2016

  • Buffalo Soldiers. Building community workshop. Christina Houle, project manager. Brownsville, Texas. 2016.

  • Americo Paredes. Building community workshop. Christina Houle, project manager. Brownsville, Texas. 2016

Selected Bibliography:

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga, Margaret Dorsey & Abou Farman (2017) Rasquache Aesthetics and the Unmonumental Border,

Anthropology Now, 9:3, 6-15, DOI: 10.1080/19428200.2017.1390907

  • “Dialogo” An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal. Vol. 21. No. 2. Fall 2018. Center for Latino Research at DePaul University by University of Texas Press.

  • ·   Cover Image for American Studies Journal.  Fall 2017.

  • ·   Work published. “Washington externalize au sud la lutte contre l’immigration clandestine” Argan Aragon Dubois. Le Monde newspaper. Paris, France. Dimanche 22-Lundi 23 Janvier 2017.

  • ·   Exhibit Review.  “Laura LaVelle New Yorkers: Check out Fencing Democracy” Newswhistle. http://newswhistle.com/new-yorkers-check-out-fencing-in-democracy/ 7/06/2016

  • ·   Book Review. Casey Sanchez Pasatiempo Magazine. Publisher, The New Mexican. Santa Fe, New Mexico. May 6, 2016.

  • ·   Work published. Hernández-Avila, Inés, and Norma E. Cantú. Entre Guadalupe Y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art. Austin: UT, 2016. Print.


  • Presenter, Mundo Zurdo Conference, Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. May 2018. Norma E. Cantu, Ph.D.

  •  Presenter, Midwestern Chicana Conference. Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University. Connie Gibbons.  Topeka, Kansas. October 2017.

  • “The First Decade of the Border Wall Symposium.” Resisting the Wall: Artistic and Community Responses panel.  UT Law School. 4/29/2017 Olivia Mena

  •  “Chicana Art in the 21st Century.” ”Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. 3/07/2017.  Norma Cantu.

  •  “Compass” Artist Talk at Mid Valley Campus and Rainbow Room.  South Texas College. Weslaco and McAllen, Texas. September 18, 2013.

  •  Deportation in America,” Artist’s Panel Discussion moderated by Gayle Perez.  Galería de La Raza. San Diego, California. January 2009.


  • “Creating La Frontera with Celeste De Luna and Emmy Perez,” Platica/ Mapping border spaces workshop. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 03/31/2017.

  • Steamrolling into the Future. Community steamroller relief print project.  Christina Houle at bc workshop. Brownsville, Texas. 11/19/2016

  • El Mundo Zurdo: Nepantla Theories and Practices Conference. Panel. Norma E. Cantu. UTSA 11/02-11/4/2016.

  •  Kites Sin Fronteras. Kite building workshop and community performance piece in conjunction with Papalotes without Borders.  Christina Houle at bc workshop.  Brownsville, Tx/Matamoros. 9/24-10/01/2016.

  • Rebel Corridos Workshop with Juan Tejada.   Community writing and visual image workshop.  Christina Houle at bc workshop. Brownsville, Texas. 8/27/2016

Print Portfolios:

  • 2019 AmbosLadosInternationalPrintExchange. El Paso, Texas. Horned Toad Prints. February 2019.

  • 2010. Mexican Revolution Centennial Print Portfolio.  Chicago, Illinois. Curated by Rene Arceo. August 2010