WE’RE PRESA HOUSE
a DIY, artist-run house gallery, hosting monthly art exhibitions featuring notable local, regional & national visual artists.
Launched in October of 2016, Presa House is a D.I.Y. artist-run gallery that hosts monthly art exhibitions with a commitment to provide space for emerging and mid-career artists to experiment freely, express innovative ideas, and engage with a diverse audience. Presa House is an event-driven gallery that promotes an eclectic range of local, national, and international artists.
The gallery is a 1,306 sq. ft home built in the 1940’s in San Antonio’s historic Lavaca district, headed by artist/designer and gallery curator Rigoberto Luna and photographer/artist Jenelle Esparza. Together, Esparza and Luna host a variety of themed group shows and guest-curated exhibitions. Beyond the visual arts, they host local and touring musical acts DJ’s, poetry events, innovative performances, film screenings, and more.
Presa House makes a concerted effort to be inclusive and non-discriminatory to ensure an accurate representation of the cultural diversity and social fabric of San Antonio. As a well-established venue, Presa House feels a responsibility in the current political climate to give voice to Latinx artists, not only in San Antonio, where the population is 63.2% Hispanic or Latinx but across the South Texas/Rio Grande region and Mexico.
Meet the team
Jenelle Esparza was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and is a successful studio artist. Most recently, Esparza was featured in State of the Art 2020 at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, AR. Esparza is also a team member of the education department at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Rigoberto Luna is an artist & designer, and independent curator, most notably for the City’s World Heritage Office and Department for Culture & Creative Development. Luna is currently working as a consultant/curatorial assistant for Big Medium, Austin’s 2021 Texas Biennial, and as the NEH art handler for the San Antonio Museum of Art.
In a commitment and as a duty to our artists, 100% commission of sales and all additional proceeds support the gallery’s upkeep, exhibitions, and programming.
Awards and Recognitions
- In November of 2020 Rockport Center for the Arts announced the selection of Presa House Gallery curator Rigoberto Luna as the juror for the 2021 Rising Eyes of Texas.
- In June of 2020 K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX announced the selection of Presa House Gallery curator Rigoberto Luna as the 2020 Juror for the 3rd Coast National Biennial
- In March of 2020 Presa House was presented with three Contemporary Art Month Awards for their exhibits Gabi Magaly: Yo No Nací Para Aguantar A Nadie which won awards from Blue Star Contemporary, and Luminaria SA, and one for Joe Peña: The Last Stop: Nightscape Series awarded by The San Antonio Museum of Art.
- In February of 2020 Presa House was named Best Art Gallery in San Antonio Magazine’s Best of the City 2020 Readers’ Poll.
- In July of 2019 Presa House was named Best Art Gallery in the Around Town category in the 29th annual San Antonio Current’s Best of San Antonio® Readers’ Choice poll.
- In June 2019 Big Medium in Austin, TX announced the selection of Presa House Gallery curator Rigoberto Luna to the third edition of Tito’s Prize Curatorial Panel
- In March of 2019 Presa House was presented a Contemporary Art Month Award for their exhibit Jose Villalobos: Cicatrices by Ruby City
- In January of 2019 Presa House was invited to present an exhibition titled CTRL+A at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi, TX, curated by Rigoberto Luna.
- Presa House Gallery’s, Rigoberto Luna awarded “Best Curator” by the McNay Art Museum for their March 2017 Contemporary Art Month exhibition featuring works by Suzy González, Ruben Luna, and Allison Valdivia.