Maria Esther Fernandez

Maria Esther Fernandez

Position Title
CST PhD Candidate

  • Cultural Studies Graduate Group
Bio

was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Graciela and Francisco who immigrated from Mexico. Formerly the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, Fernández has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions, including Xicana: Spiritual Reflections/Reflexiónes Espirituales and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Welcome to Flower-Landia. In 2019, she co-curated Xicanx Futurity with Carlos Jackson and Dr. Susy Zepeda at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Fernández is currently working on a major retrospective of the work of Amalia Mesa Bains with Dr. Laura E. Pérez for the spring of 2023 at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.