Department of Art and Art History News

Raul De Lara Wins $10,000 Prize


Raul De Lara, currently a junior in the design program, won the $10,000 prize in the Austin edition of the Herradura Barrel Art Program. Ten Austin artists created artworks under only one rule: they have to use a tequila barrel.

The prize also gives Raul a chance at the finals held in Miami later this year, and a grand prize award of $100,000. The Herradura Barrel Art Program is held in eight cities across the country, where judges select one artist to advance to the finals.

De Lara’s work is influenced by the folklore surrounding the Mexican agave, creating a form of the god Quetzacoatl using only the tequila barrel. He was featured in The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni magazine, Alcalde, explaining his process and ambition:

“I would love to wake up and go to sleep only making art. Whether it’s doing studio work or commissions for hotels, restaurants or people. I just want to create for people. The cash helps, but more importantly, the connections I made there and being able to say I won helps in the eyes of people that require reassurance [about my ability], which is nice.”

Visit the competition’s website for more images of De Lara, the award presentation and artworks at the event.

Image courtesy of @HerraduraTeq.