Pilar Tompkins Rivas & Jheanelle Brown

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CalArts Campus


Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Pilar Tompkins Rivas is the director of the Vincent Price Art Museum at Los Angeles East College. Tompkins Rivas was the former coordinator of curatorial initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, co-directing the institution’s UCLA/LACMA Art History Practicum Initiative and the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program in addition to co-curating forthcoming exhibitions in partnership with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Specializing in U.S. Latino and Latin American Contemporary Art, she has been an arts professional since 2002 and has organized dozens of exhibitions throughout the US, Colombia, Egypt, France, and Mexico. Tompkins Rivas has also worked as curator and director of artist-in-residence programs at 18th Street Arts Center, the arts project coordinator at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, curator of the Claremont Museum of Art, and as director of the Latin American branch of the Artist Pension Trust. 

Jheanelle Brown is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, film programmer, and educator focusing primarily on film and video works from Black Diasporic creators. Her interests include experimental and documentary film, music and the cinematic image, and womanist & queer media. She received her master's degree from USC's Cinema & Media Studies program and her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.