Central Features is proud to welcome Rotem Rozental to Albuquerque for the 2018 Visiting Curator Series. As part of the program, in addition to studio visits with local artists, each curator gives a public talk about their practice, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that shape their work.
Patricia Cariño Valdez is an Independent Curator based in Oakland, CA. Her goal is to support thoughtful artists and empower art appreciators to foster moments for community building centered on arts and culture. She is 1/2 of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative project with Cesar Valdez.
From Spring 2016 to Summer 2018, she served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California, where she oversaw exhibition coordination of over ten contemporary art exhibitions per year. Additionally, she developed public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. She Instituted the first national call for site-specific installations and implemented a pipeline for future art commissions. Prior to the ICA, Valdez created public programs that were invested in the the intersection of arts and sciences at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Additionally, Valdez worked closely with a San Francisco art advisor to help build and expand private art collections throughout the U.S. Her curatorial projects have been held at the San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts, California College of the Arts and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in San Francisco and Oakland.
She is an advisory board member of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area and serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, Valdez was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.
Cariño's visit is organized in partnership with ICI, with financial support provided by The FUNd at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.