Arts Administration and Policy: Current Students
Mariela Acuña is an art educator, art administrator and first year graduate student of Art Administration and Public Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mariela is currently the Exhibitions and Residency Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Center. Before moving to Chicago, Mariela held the positions of Public Programs Manager and Family Programs Coordinator at the Norton Museum of Art, where she worked to develop and implement programs for people of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired, think, make, and build relationships through art. She previously worked at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, and Girls’ Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale. Mariela was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and was raised in Guatemala City. She holds a BA in Art History and a BFA in Sculpture from Florida Atlantic University.
Karla Aguiñiga, is a transfronteriza (Mexican/American) artist, educator, and curator from Tijuana, Mexico. She is the founder of Torres Gutierrez, a nomadic art gallery that showcases emerging artists from Mexico and Southern California. Currently, she is the Public Programs and Engagement Coordinator at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. She has curated exhibitions such as “Fantasies and Fallacies” and “Dual Vision” at the Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (CCCM) in Los Angeles- both featuring works by 35 LA-based Mexican and Chicanx artists, writers, musicians, performance artists, and filmmakers under the age of 35. Additionally, she has curated Latinx centered public programs for the Craft Contemporary Museum and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is a founding member of AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides). AMBOS seeks to express and document border emotion through art made on opposite sides by providing a platform to bi-national artists along the border. Additionally, she is the secretary of Relaciones Inesperadas in Tijuana, Mexico. She holds a Bachelor in Art from the University of California Los Angeles.
Maura Connors (MAAAP ‘21) is a first year in the Arts Administration and Policy program at SAIC from Chicago, IL. She has experience in marketing, programming, and artist recruitment/ management. Maura earned a BA in Geography and Art History from the University of Chicago where her thesis investigated art and gentrification in the neighborhoods surrounding Chicago’s 606 Trail. She is interested in creative placemaking, the intersection of food and art, and artist management.
Sofia Gabriel Del Callejo (Mexico City, 1991) has BA in Cultural Studies and Management, and she is pursuing an MA in Arts Administration & Policy in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She is a Mexican art manager with five years of experience in cultural media and marketing, communication, networking, and fundraising. She is interested in contemporary and emerging art in Latin America.
Before her arrival to Chicago, she worked as Head of Press and Personal Assistant of the Deputy Director at the National Museum of Art in Mexico. She was the Coordinator of Communication and Public Relations of the Mexican sculptor Jorge Marín, and the Studio Assistant of the artist Tania Candiani. Also, she has collaborated with the Office for Cultural Affairs at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Currently, Sofia is a Graduate Assistant of the Arts Administration & Policy department in SAIC. And she is interested in finding new models to develop the cultural sector in Mexico, as well as creating new fundraising strategies to get resources for socially engaged projects in her country.
Rebecca Lowe Mosena is an artist and arts administrator with seven years of experience working at museums, arts non-profits, and in higher education. Originally from southern Virginia, Rebecca received her BFA at The Cooper Union in New York City where she lived and worked for eight years before relocating to Chicago. Currently, Rebecca is the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for SAIC while also pursuing her MA in Arts Administration and Policy—her interests surround placemaking in rural areas and the role of cultural organizations in their surrounding communities
Vicente is a first-year graduate student in the Arts Administration and Policy department at SAIC. Originally from the greater Houston area, he attended Texas A&M University for his undergraduate studies where he earned a BA in Performance Studies. Currently, he is a Graduate Student Clerical Assistant in the Office of the President as well as a Graduate Student Ambassador in the Office of Graduate Admissions. Vicente is passionate about music, and especially about applying the questions presented by the MAAAP coursework to the popular music industry in the United State
Vicky Qianyu Zhou is a first-year graduate student in the Arts Administration & Policy at SAIC. Originally from China, she received her dual degree in Laws and Business Administration and interned in several museums, galleries, and start-up non-profit organization in Beijing. Her interests include gender, self-taught art and public art.