Mia Lopez is Assistant Curator at DePaul Art Museum in Chicago where she works on exhibitions, publications, and public programs focused on expanding the art historical canon. At DPAM she has contributed to numerous projects, most recently the exhibition Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite and the catalog Out of Easy Reach. Mia was previously Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where she collaborated on exhibitions, programs, and catalogs including 9 Artists (October 2013), Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections (October 2014) and International Pop (April 2015). In 2013 Mia 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 through 2010 Mia was the Programming Coordinator at the Museo Alameda in San Antonio, Texas. She has interned and worked nationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Mia is a 2012 alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Fellowship and a 2016 alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. She has 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, the University of Illinois at Chicago, ArtPrize, and the Rochester Art Center. Her writing has appeared in publications by Arte Publico Press, DePaul Art Museum, the Walker Art Center, and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston.