DIRECTOR & FACULTY, MFA IN CURATORIAL PRACTICE
José Ruiz is a Peruvian-born curator and creative laborer who lives and works between DC, Baltimore, and New York. He received an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Painting and Latin American Studies from the University of Maryland. His projects have been exhibited in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and internationally in countries including Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Ruiz has recently curated exhibitions for the Queens Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo de Arte de El Salvador and the Incheon Biennial. His practice has been the subject of various publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Arte Al Día, Artnet, and The Washington Post. Ruiz is the founder of FURTHERMORE, a post-studio research, design and production company in DC and New York. He is also the co-founder, co-director, and co-curator of Present Company—a Brooklyn-based gallery and curatorial collective. Starting this fall, Ruiz will serve as the Director of the Curatorial Practice MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art.