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Alma Ruiz joins the Center for Management in the Creative Industries (CMCI) at CGU and Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles as Senior Fellow.

The Center for Management in the Creative Industries at Claremont Graduate University and Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles are pleased to announce the appointment of Alma Ruiz as CMCI Senior Fellow.

An expert in Latin American and Contemporary Art, Alma Ruiz is former senior curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, where over a 30-year career she curated numerous exhibitions focusing on the postwar period in the United States, Italy and Latin America. Ruiz is currently the curator for the 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz in Guatemala City, which opens in June, 2016.

In her position as Senior Fellow, Ruiz will help build and lead the Art Business program’s newest concentration in Latin American Art and its Markets; she will teach courses in Latin American art history and curating in both of CMCI’s degree programs in Art Business and Arts Management; and she will lead field study trips in Latin America, beginning with this summer’s Guatemala Biennial.

No other program focuses on the art and art markets of Latin America,” said Jonathan T. D. Neil, Director of the CMCI and Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles. “With her deep knowledge and experience of the region and its place within the international arena of contemporary art, Alma Ruiz will add a new level of intensity, intelligence, and access to our students and programs.

Ruiz brings to the CMCI and Sotheby’s Institute of Art an immense knowledge of the international contemporary art world and of the museums, biennials, and organizations that support it. She has served as a guest curator at the Fundación Jumex, Mexico City; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., and the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles. She has acted as a juror for numerous biennials in Latin America, including the V Panama Biennial, the Tamayo Biennial in Mexico City, and the Second Exhibition of Central American Emerging Artists in San Jose, Costa Rica. Ruiz has also been a panelist for The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, Creative Capital Foundation in New York, and the U.S. Fund for Culture in Mexico City. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami.


About CMCI
In an historic collaboration between Sotheby’s Institute of Art, The Getty Leadership Institute, and the School of Art and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, The Center for Management in the Creative Industries at CGU’s Drucker School of Management brings together core values and a unique philosophy about leadership and management in the arts. Convening key partners, distinguished faculty, and industry professionals, the CMCI provides management education and privileged access to students who aspire to success in the creative fields – as makers, producers and leaders. For more about the CMCI visit CMCI.CGU.EDU.

About Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the Graduate School of Art and its Markets with campuses in the cultural capitals of London, New York and Los Angeles. The Institute also offers a range of online courses, continuing education and executive education in cities around the globe. Originally conceived as a training program for connoisseurship by Sotheby’s auction house in 1969, today Sotheby’s Institute is one of the most prestigious degree-granting institutions of its kind and is recognized for pioneering the education of arts professionals. The Institute has more than 6,000 alumni worldwide who hold top positions in all facets of the international art world. Sotheby’s Institute of Art is a division of Cambridge Information Group (CIG): www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com.

About The Drucker School

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management offers a variety of professional and doctoral degrees, including MBA, EMBA, and the MS in Financial Engineering. It has expanded the traditional path in business education, offering innovative programs, such as the MA in Arts Management, an MA in Politics, Business, and Economics, and its focus on management for creative industries. Named for the father of modern business management education and world-renowned author and consultant, Peter Drucker, and accomplished global business leader and philanthropist, Masatoshi Ito, the school produces graduates who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a deep desire to make a difference by doing well while also doing good.

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