María C. Gaztambide is the inaugural director and chief curator of UHS Public Art. Most recently, she served as associate director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. There her work straddled administration, research, publications, and long-term exhibition projects such as Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975 (2018), Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America (2015); and Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection (2013).
Previously, she taught art history and served as the curator for Tulane University’s visual resources collection; conducted field research projects for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; and worked for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico during its gestational phase. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Gaztambide, holds M.A. degrees in Art History (Tulane) and Arts Administration (University of New Orleans), and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Latin American Studies (Tulane). She publishes regularly on modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art and her first monograph, titled El Techo de la Ballena: Retro-Modernity in Venezuela, is forthcoming (2019) from the University of Florida Press.