Michelle Ivette Gomez is an independent curator, arts organizer, creative consultant, and artist originally from Miami, FL, where she graduated from the prestigious New World School of the Arts (NWSA) high school in 2008. In 2012, she received her B.F.A. in General Fine Arts with a concentration in Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD. Shortly after, she graduated with her M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice from MICA in 2014.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and academic awards, including the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Merit Scholarship, the Fanny B Thalheimer Merit Scholarship, and was named a 2015 Joan Mitchell Visual Arts Scholar through Alternate Roots. Gomez has produced many independent curatorial projects, events, and programs in Baltimore and Miami. She founded and directed Young Blood, an annual exhibition in Miami that showcased alumni from NWSA, has served on the Program Advisory Committee at Maryland Art Place, was a 2013 Latino museum Studies Program Fellow at the Smithsonian Latino Center and Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and was named a 2014-2015 fellow of the Urban Arts Leadership Program through the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA). In addition, she has served as an Event Coordinator for the GBCA, arts consultant for Somerset Development, Curatorial Manager for The Museum of Impact, in addition to leading various committees and arts initiatives dedicated to making the arts diverse, relevant and accessible.
During her Graduate studies in Curatorial Practice at MICA in Baltimore, she researched socially engaged art and arts activism, conducted community sourced research, and expanded traditional methods of exhibition presentation in collaboration with communities and artists of color who are under represented within the arts to create exhibitions and programs about spirituality, cultural identity, and community. Those projects inspired Gomez to focus her efforts on facilitating Community | Art | Exhibitions, a series of exhibitions and programs as well as a philosophy and methodology in which she works collaboratively with under represented artists and audiences to inform and create relevant and accessible exhibitions about community, cultural identity, social issues, and more.
She moved back to Miami, FL to continue expanding her various forms curatorial practice working as an Event Coordinator for IVY: The World’s 1st Social University. While at IVY, she advocated for more arts integration programming for their members, and coordinated everything from corporate events, cocktail receptions, galas, and panel discussions featuring leading minds from the arts, entrepreneurial, and health industries. As a curator turned event planner, she was prepared to channel her values and skills into her newest venture, Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into weddings and life’s celebrations.
For more information on her past work as an independent curator, arts organizer, and creative consultant, visit her website.