Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Mia Lopez is a curator, writer, and educator with over twelve years of experience in museums and non-profit art spaces. In 2016 she joined the DePaul Art Museum as Assistant Curator, where she organizes exhibitions and programs with an emphasis on contemporary art with a focus on diversity and social concerns. As the 2013—2015 Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center she collaborated on exhibitions, programs, and catalogs including Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections (October 2014) and International Pop (April 2015). In 2013 Lopez completed dual Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy; her graduate thesis examined anthropology, museology, and performance in work by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco. She also has a BA in Art History from Rice University. From 2007—2010 Mia Lopez was the Programming Coordinator at the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas where she designed and managed public programs pertaining to Latino art, history, and culture. She has interned and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. She is a 2012 alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program and a 2016 alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in publications by the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, the Walker Art Center, and Prospect New Orleans.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2018 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »