History of Art and Architecture

Adriana Miramontes Olivas



Adriana Miramontes Olivas earned her BA from The University of Texas at El Paso and her MA from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Her research interests include Global Contemporary Art, Modern Art in the Americas and Europe, and Feminism and Gender Studies.  She specializes on Contemporary Mexican Art with a focus on identity, socially committed art, and the use of the body in performance, video, and installation.  

Miramontes was previously Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty in institutions in both Mexico and the United States. At The University of Texas at San Antonio, at the University of the Incarnate Word, and at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM Campus Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México, Miramontes taught numerous courses, among them, Survey of Art and Architecture: Prehistory to 1350, Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe from 1350-1750, Survey of Modern Art, Contemporary Art, and Topics in Contemporary Art.  More recently, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Introduction to World Art and in Art and Politics in Modern Latin America.

Her curatorial experience includes working as an Intern and Research Assistant at the Art Gallery at the University of Texas at San Antonio, at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, and at the El Paso Museum of Art.  In 2017, she participated in the organization and installation of the exhibit “Paradoxes of Play: Concrete and Conceptualist Proposals from Brazil and Beyond.”

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, PA (2016-Present)

MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio 2012

BA, The University of Texas at El Paso 2008

Selected Publications

Éxodo a la “tierra prometida:” Del demonio y otros monstruos en la obra de Juan de Dios Mora/Exodus to the “Promised Land:” Of the devil and other monsters in Juan de Dios Mora’s artworks, interview by Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 3 January 2017, ed. Paulina Pardo, Translated by Paulina Pardo and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture.  http://contemporaneity.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/contemporaneity/article/view/221

“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.

Selected Scholarly Conference Presentations

"Rebuilding a Nation: Art and Ideology in the Post-Revolutionary Era," Guest Lecture for ARTSC 1501 Seminar: Latin America: Valladolid, Mexico, Center for Latin American Sutdies CLAS Karen Goldman/Leonardo Solano Moraga, 6 February 2018, University of Pittsburgh.

"Contesting State Violence in Contemporary Art," Skype Conference/Guest Lecture for AHC 2333/5813 Contemporary Mexican Art, Dr. Teresa Eckmann, 31 March 2017, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

"The University Art Gallery as an Art History Classroom," Alexandra Carpella, Paulina Pardo, Emily Mazzola, and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 17th Annual University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, 24 March 2017, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.