Un Poco De Todo/A Little Bit Of Everything

February 2018

Spare Parts’ MINI ART MUSEUM (MAM) brings to Edinburgh, Scotland “Un Poco De Todo,” “A Little Bit Of Everything.” The exhibition unites works from the permanent collection and visitors experience a range of San Antonio, Texas-based contemporary art. “Un Poco De Todo” reflects personal stories & complex issues in identity. Cantu documents her trip via MINIARTMUSEUM on Instagram #MAMUnPocoDeTodo.
Curators: MAM Co-founders Mary Elizabeth Cantu & Gabriela Santiago

Call & Response : a retrospective exhibition

September 2017 – June 2018

In music, Call and Response is the succession of two distinct phrases played by different people, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary or response to the first. In the same way, a curator may formulate a “call for artist” and artists respond by creating work to be exhibited.

In this retrospective exhibition are 24 selected works from the MINI ART MUSEUM’s permanent collection.Enjoy taking a wee walk down memory lane in this chronological exhibition featuring at least one artwork from each of MAM’s past 11 exhibitions.


Fine Print March 2017

“Fine Print” features 16 contemporary artists working in an range of printmakin

g techniques and styles, from letterpress and lithograph to photogravure, photopolymer etching and chine collé. Editions of these limited-edition miniature-sized original prints will be available to benefit museum

programming and “Fine Print” artists.

Let Me Introduce Myself
December 2016 – November 2017
MAM’s first all-youth exhibition. We worked with teens residing in a local juvenile detention center to create their own miniature artwork.

November 2016 – July 2017
MAM Founders Mary Elizabeth Cantu and Gabriela Santiago facilitated a hands-on workshop at this fall’s annual Texas Art Education Association conference. The culminating project resulted in MAM’s exhibition, PASSION PURPOSE. PASSION PURPOSE was also the title of the conference and artwork is inspired by the question: “What is your passion and what is your purpose?”

Do I Remember The Alamo?
August 2016 – August 2017
An excerpt from curator Richard Teitz: “For this exhibition, I wanted to explore how San Antonio artists saw The Alamo. Some, I expected, would see it in largely representational terms, a one-time Spanish church made into a fortress, while others would relate to it as a concept, an abstraction of a time and place, and still others would tie it to their personal relationships of first encounter.”

DEEP IN THE HEART: A Texas Trilogy
June 2015 – limited viewing
This exhibition showcases the artwork of three San Antonio born and based artists: 2015 Texas State Artist Vincent Valdez, Angela Fox, and recent East Central High School graduate/Visual Arts Scholastic Event medalist Christiana Puente. Each artist created a small-scale portrait reflective of San Antonio’s diverse artistic craftsmanship.

MAMx: Slanguage presents Chicos Pero Locos
June 2016 – April 2017
MAMx provides an opportunity for MAM to broaden its curatorial, artistic and educational reach. Los Angeles-based internationally-known artist-run collective Slanguage Studio honors California-based artists in Chicos Pero Locos which plays with the traditional meaning of this colloquial Spanish phrase valuing artistic quality over quantity.

That Thing On The Side of The Road
March 2016
“Honoring the overlooked; the cast-off; the abandoned; the peripheral. If the title sounds like it could be the name of a B-Horror film, you’re hearing it the way I do. Not going to bother you with pretentious words like hierarchy, transgressive, etc., but those concerns are there, they just won’t fit in my pickup truck. That’s really all there is to it. Why say more?” Hills Snyder, Curator.

Pins & Needles
August 2015 – August 2016

Cabinet of Curiosities
March 2015
“Touching upon themes of international politics, nature, cultural memory, decorative arts and technology, each artist creates a unique dialogue via the art object’s size and materials. The technical specificities in such small formats challenge the grandiose nature of art in museums or galleries and beckons the viewer to engage in an intimate relationship with the artworks. There is a newly-formed cabinet of curiosity created by this exhibition, one that is formed not by parading oddities but is fused by the shared display of a contemporary creative dialogue,” Claudia Zapata, Curator.

E-waste Everlasting: The Aesthetics of Electronics
August 2014 – August 2015
Charted Spaces: A Collection of Places, Plans & Possibility
August 2014 – August 2015
March 2014
“SHORT STORIES reflects personal tales shaped as portraits from surreal to ethereal and from rasquache to retrospective. Lady Base Gallery presents artists who have never before exhibited artwork this miniature in a museum,” Sarah Castillo, Curator.
July 2013 – January 2014