The Latino Art Now! Conference was first held in New York in 2005 as the Assessment and Valuation of Puerto Rican, Chicano, Latino and Hispanic-American Art Symposium. The initial gathering was sponsored by the Appraisers Association of American, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) and focused on appraising Puerto Rican, Chicano, Cuban, Dominican, and other Latino/a Fine Art, to draw critical attention to Latino/a artists considered to be working outside the mainstream Latin American art world.
Scheduled for Houston in April 2019, the new edition of the Latino Art Now! Conference with the theme of Sight Lines and Time Frames will explore Houston’s and the nation’s vibrant contemporary art scene from the perspective that Latino art is an evolving notion traversing multiple generations and varying historical and social contexts. More than twenty museums, galleries and cultural centers have signed to join in the Spring of Latino in Houston, Texas.