History of Art and Architecture

Adriana Miramontes Olivas

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Biography

Adriana Miramontes Olivas earned her MA at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  In her thesis “(En) Countering Gender Violence and Impunity: The Art of Teresa Margolles and Regina Jose Galindo” she explored the socio-political contexts, of both Mexico and Guatemala, in which “feminicide” has been a recurring problem.  She focused on performance art and site-specific artworks by these Latin American artists.

Her teaching experience includes working for several years as a Lecturer and as a Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at San Antonio, at the University of the Incarnate Word, and at the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico.  Among the courses she has taught are Contemporary Art, Issues in Contemporary Art, Art and Architecture from Prehistory to 1350, Art and Architecture from 1350 to 1750, and Modern Art.

She was a founding member and Faculty Advisor of the Art History Association AHA at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Her curatorial experience includes working as an intern for several years at the Art Gallery at the University of Texas at San Antonio, at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso, and at the El Paso Museum of Art.  More recently, as a graduate student, she has been participating in the organization and installation of the exhibit “Paradoxes of Play: Concrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond” from the Museum Studies class taught by Dr. Jennifer Josten. 

She has been the recipient of several awards including The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Fellowship and the Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship.

Education Details

MA The University of Texas at San Antonio 2012

BA The University of Texas at El Paso 2008

Selected Publications

“Pormenores de la Última Ejecución: Modernization, Broadsheets, and Crime in Porfirio Díaz’s México,” in Posada’s Broadsheets: of Love and Betrayal, edited by Teresa Eckmann.  The University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Art and Art History, Exhibition at UTSA Art Gallery January 25-February 26, 2012.

Miramontes Olivas, Adriana and Scott Sherer in Signs of Change: Bodo Korsig and Catherine Lee curated by Dennis Olsen.  San Antonio: Satellite Space, The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Exhibition at Satellite Space March 3-20, 2011.

“Rubén Ortiz Torres” in Neo-Mexicanism, A New Figuration: Mexican Art of the 1980s, Rocio Maldonado: Nature Human Nature and Javier De La Garza: Climate Change, edited by Teresa Eckmann. The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Exhibition at the Instituto Cultural de México November 12, 2010-February 22, 2011.

“Julio Galán” in Neo-Mexicanism, A New Figuration: Mexican Art of the 1980s, Rocio Maldonado: Nature Human Nature and Javier De La Garza: Climate Change, edited by Teresa Eckmann. The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Exhibition at the Instituto Cultural de México November 12, 2010-February 22, 2011.

Scholarly Conference Presentations

“The Post-Duchampian Object and Its Implications,” Chair, Mid-America College Art Association, Mash-Up: Navigating Art and Academia in this Millenium, October 22-October 25, 2014, San Antonio, Texas.

“Remembering the Women of Ciudad Juárez,” Mid-America College Art Association, Mash-Up: Navigating Art and Academia in this Millenium, October 22-October 25, 2014, San Antonio, Texas.

“(En) Countering Gender Violence and Impunity: The Art of Teresa Margolles and Regina Jose Galindo,” Guest Lecture for AHC4333 Arts of Mexico: 1945-1994 May 2013, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

“Activism and Women’s Protests in Ciudad Juarez: Teresa Margolles” in conjunction with the exhibit: Alien Contexts: Mexico and the USDepartment of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

“Pormenores de la última ejecución: Modernization, Broadsheets, and Crime in Porfirio Díaz’s México,”  Post-Independence Latin American Art Symposium, Department of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Art Gallery

“Death, Violence, and Restraint: Teresa Margolles and Conceptual Art from México,”Annual Research Paper Competition, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, The University of Texas at San Antonio.