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Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection Coral Gables, FL

Elizabeth Cerejido has been appointed the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at the University of Miami Libraries, effective August 6, 2018.

Cerejido, an independent curator, academic, and art historian, will begin her role as the newly appointed Esperanza Bravo de Varona chair of the CHC, one of the largest depositories of Cuban books, documents, and artifacts outside of the island. Cerejido is highly respected in Miami’s art circles for her artistic and cultural projects on Cuba, including Dialogues in Cuban Art, which has sought to bridge the work of artists from both sides of the Cuban diaspora.

As a curator of Florida International University’s Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum from 2002-2007, she honed her curatorial and programming skills, as well as fundraising skills, creating exhibition projects that expanded and highlighted the museum’s Latin American holdings. In 2014, Cerejido received a research grant from the CHC, which allowed her to study the collection’s holdings on the visual arts in Cuba and the exile community. She was awarded the prestigious Goizueta Research Fellowship, which funded her initial research on the construction of Cuban-American art in the United States – the topic of her doctoral dissertation.

Cerejido received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Florida International University in 2002 and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Miami in 2009. She is in the final stages of earning a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Florida. The working title of her thesis is Locating (other) Cuban American Art Histories in the United States: Artistic Production, Cultural Politics and Identity Formation.

For more information and media related this exciting appointment, please visit the University of Miami Libraries website.

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