It is with great pleasure that we present this first online exhibition 2011 Galeria de Michigan Latino Artists, a digital gallery sponsored by the El Museo del Norte project. This gallery includes historical figures that were the first Latino artists (self taught and academically trained) to exhibit in early shows throughout the state, beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Their art ranged from social commentary to personal expression, using realism to abstraction. Many of them also unselfishly organized festivals, lectures, workshops, and murals to promote Latino art and enrich the broader Latino arts community, which then was critically underrepresented in the mainstream and underfunded by funding sources. Today, the majority of these artists continue to work in the arts and in education, while contributing to the evolution of an increasingly popular expression in contemporary American culture: Latino art.