Billy recently curated a coffee table book on Latino, Latina, and Latinx artists from Minnesota entitled Latin Art in Minnesota—Conversations and What’s Next, published by Afton Press this year. Twelve artists are featured in the book, interviewed by other community leaders, artists, and activists from Minnesota and beyond.
The book represents a strong moment in a movement. Billy says, “I chose twelve artists that I had the privilege of knowing for years, a representation of established and emerging voices, all contemporary. I curated the concept of the book, set the stage, and immediately laid down the keys at the gate for others to talk.”
The book, which you can find online, includes a number of artists whose work has been featured at the M, including Luis Fitch, Dougie Padilla, Maria Cristina Tavera, and Xavier Tavera. Northfield Public Library is hosting an event on September 21, 2023, and The Grand Hand Gallery in Saint Paul another on September 28, 2023, at which you can hear more from Billy and some of the featured artists.