Recently and for a long timie to come, LACASA Chicago’s primary project is CLAS, the Chicago Latin@ Artists Series., here represented by Parts II-IV, CMAP, CPRAP and CPOLAP.   This is a project which involves the following:

  1. a series of online website materials (art reproductions, documents, etc.) about Chicago Latino art, the “art scene” and, all the artists we have been able to identify—all this as part of  an overall program seeking to establish the historical, institutional and individual history of Chicago Latino art and its practitioners from the earliest days to the present;
  2. a developing series of extended, digitialized audio Interviews with and/or about Chicago Latino artists as based on interviews by CLAS members carried out beginning in  2011—with an emphasis on n the early history pioneer artists, especially on those who came forward in Chicago’s emerging Latino communities from the earliest days but especially during the period we have designated as the Chicago Latino emergence starting in the late 1960s and extending into the late 1980s.
  3. “banks” of art work photos and other materials (documents, reviews, personal and carerr photos, etc.) respresenting the overall art scene but especially those artists in our interview series (2) with materials donated or otherwise provided to the CLAS project.


With regard to the online website materials (1), this is what the LACASA website is all about—and it includes several non CLAS interviews of or about different artists.  The website also indicates(2) which artists have been interviewed by CLAS members and (3) for which artist small or largerbanks of materials  have been established by CLAS (3) .   However as of summer 2016, the CLAS interviews (2) have not been edited or transcribed, and the CLAS  banks (3) have not been annotated and provided artist clearance.  Therefore, until further notice, these materials are only availbable to researchers with permission of the artists and CLAS itself.  Those needing access and possible use of CLAS interviews and material banks should contact the CLAS director (mzimmerman@uh.edu).


As of now, the one exception to access limitation related to 3 is CLAS’s José Gamaliel González Art Photo (JGAP), Collection, providing digitalied photos taken between 1970 and 1990, of Midwest and primarily Chicago Latino public and studio art. This annotated collection will emerge on the website in the near future, with varying parts keyed to the artists as presented on our website. It is hoped that other art photo collections will be developed in the future so that our website will provide the fullest, most convenient access to the world of Chicago Latino access.


LACASA worksunofficially but regularly with the online Chicago-based journal, El BeiSManas part of our commitment to that publication and its efforts to enrich our understanding of Chicago Latino/a and Mexican culture in a global context. For indepth otften polemical coverage of Chicago Latino art, literature and history, see El BeiSMan at www.elbeisman.com. For LACASA CLAS materials see especially

Less accessible on line, but very important on Chicago Latino art and culture is Contratiempo Chicago: http://contratiempo.net/

For everyday doings in the Chicago Latino Art World, see …

For an excellent website relevant to LACASA’s CLAS Project (II-IV below), including many Chicago Latino artists, and with sample images of eachartist’s portfolio, biography and/or artist statement, and access to artists’ chosen websites,) see The Chicago Latino ArTchive. https://iuplr.uic.edu/iuplr/chicagolatinoartchive.

For additional interviews of Chicago Latino Artists, see
see II-IV below for specific listings.

For additional materials on specific Chicago Latino artists and art scholar and activists, see
List of Collections Papers of Individuals, etc.https://latinostudies.nd.edu/library-archives/collections/;
see II-IV below for specific listings.

See also the Chicago Latin@ art materials inThe ICAA Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art digital archive of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston: http://icaadocs.mfah.org/icaadocs/; see II-IV below for specific listings.

For the most comprehensive look at Midwest (and Chicago) Latino art yet published, see
Olga U. Herrera, Toward the preservation of a heritage: Latin American and … – Page 103
University of Notre Dame. Institute for Latino Studies – 2008. https://latinostudies.nd.edu/assets/94040/heritageweb.pdf.

For a comprehensive look at Chicago public art, see Chicago Public Art Group. http://www.chicagopublicartgroup.org/

For materials on Global CASA/LACASA Houston and full descriptions of our many older books, most of which are still available, see http://uh.edu/class/mcl/wcl/lacasa/.
For LACASA CHICAGO, explore this website. LACASA is your CASA.
Please contact Marc Zimmerman, Director of LACASA CHICAGO at mzimmerman@uh.edu with any relevant proposal; to submit articles or stories related to Latin American, Central American, Midwest and Chicago Latino themes, write directly to El Beisman c/oCorazon De Pilsen [ladieciocho@gmail.com].