Mia Lopez

Curator, Arts Administrator, and Writer in Chicago, Illinois

Mia Lopez

Curator, Arts Administrator, and Writer in Chicago, Illinois

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I am a curator, writer, and educator with over 12 years of experience working with leading contemporary art institutions across the United States.

From 2016 to 2020 I worked on exhibitions, public programs, and publications at DePaul Art Museum as the Assistant Curator. My work focused on expanding the art historical canon to improve the representation of marginalized identities. At DPAM Icontributed to numerous projects, including the exhibitionsRemember Where You Are,Eric J. Garcia: The Bald Eagle’s Toupee, andBarbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite.

As an independent curator I have worked on curatorial projects and educational programs for the Weisman Art Museum, Augsburg College, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. From 2013—2015 I was the Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where I collaborated on exhibitions, programs, and catalogues including 9 Artists (October 2013), Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections (October 2014) and International Pop (April 2015).

In 2013 I completed dual Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy; my graduate thesis examined anthropology, museology, and performance in work by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco. I also have a BA in Art History from Rice University.

Prior to graduate school, I was the Programming Coordinator at the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas where I designed and managed public programs pertaining to Latino art, history, and culture. I have interned and worked nationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian’s Hirshshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston.

I participated in the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute in 2016 and am a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators. I am also a 2012 alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Fellowship and have lectured and participated in juries and panels at the Smithsonian Latino Center, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, ArtPrize, and the Rochester Art Center. My writing has been published by Hyperallergic, inREVIEW, the Walker Art Center Magazine, and others.

I'm always interested in new curatorial and writing opportunities and regularly participate in juries, selection committees, and panels.

  • Education
    • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • Rice University