Meet our current Mentoring Curator: José Ruiz 

José Ruiz is a Peruvian-born artist and curator who lives and works between DC, Baltimore, and New York. Over the past fifteen years, he has mounted exhibitions and curatorial prompts for cities, museums, biennials, non-profits, galleries, and art fairs. These projects have taken place in street corners, community centers, universities, abandoned warehouses, creative incubators, and commercial spaces, both at the national and international level.

His practice has been the subject of various publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Arte Al Día, Artnet, and The Washington Post. He is the founder of Furthermore, a post-studio research, design and production lab operating out of DC and Brooklyn, and a partner and co-director at Present Co., a New York-based gallery and curatorial collective.

Ruiz currently serves as Director and Faculty in the Curatorial Practice MFA Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.


Meet or current Emerging Curator: Ashley D. DeHoyos

Ashley D. DeHoyos was born and raised in Baytown, a small town near Houston, Texas, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her MFA in Curatorial Practices Candidate from the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds a BFA in Photography with a minor in Art History from Sam Houston State University. 


About the VisArts Emerging Curator Program

The VisArts Emerging Curator Program pairs an emerging curator with an experienced mentoring curator to produce new exhibitions and related programming. The program is generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

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