History of Art and Architecture

Adriana Miramontes Olivas



Adriana Miramontes Olivas is a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Pitt where she was an Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellow and President of the History of Art and Architecture Graduate Student Organization from 2019 to 2020. Her research interests include global contemporary art, Latinx art, and more specifically, modern and contemporary Mexican and border art. She focuses on art of the border of Ciudad Juárez-El Paso, feminicide, and narcoviolence in site-specific interventions, installation, performance, and video art.

Prior to joining Pitt, Miramontes was Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty in both Mexico and the United States at The University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, and the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey ITESM Campus Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Courses taught include 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. At Pitt 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. As a Graduate Assistant at Pitt she co-curated exhibits at the University Art Gallery, and organized and conducted bilingual tours (English and Spanish) which were attended by more than a hundred students from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse research interests.

She has interviewed contemporary artists Juan de Dios Mora and Gabriel Garcilazo and published in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture. Most recently she did a review of In Lieu of Unity En lugar de la Unidad exhibited at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

Education Details

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

MA, The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX (2012)

BA, The University of Texas at El Paso, TX (2008)

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications and Scholarly Conference Presentations

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 8: Yesterday’s Contemporaneity: Finding Temporality in the Past (2019): 98-118.

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. Edited by Paulina Pardo, Translated by Paulina Pardo and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 6: Boundless: Art & Identification Across Borders (Fall 2017): 1-16.

“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 Studies CLAS Karen Goldman/Leonardo Solano Moraga, 6 February 2018, University of Pittsburgh.

“Contesting State Violence in Contemporary Art,” Skype Conference/Guest Lecture for AHC 4333/5813 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 Carapella, Paulina Pardo,
Emily Mazzola, and Adriana Miramontes Olivas, 17th Annual University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P.Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Grad Expo, March 24 2017 University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Selected Awards

Dietrich Summer Research Fund, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh (2018).

“Outstanding Presenter” 17th Annual University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts, Grad Expo, “The University as an Art History Classroom” by Emily Mazzola,
Alexandra Carapella, Paulina Pardo, and Adriana Miramontes, March 24 2017 University of Pittsburgh (2017).

Pre-Dissertation Tinker Summer Fellowship, CLAS Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2017).

Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (2016-2017).