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Sharing Today’s Art and Music of Mexico

After she won Vassar’s Weitzel-Barber Travel Art Prize, Maria Emilia Fernandez ’13 (Mexico, Mahindra UWC) spent two months visiting over 30 contemporary-art museums and galleries in Brazil and Argentina. She’s now a communications assistant at kurimanzutto, a noted gallery in Mexico City.

“I get to work firsthand with artists I admire, writing press releases and wall texts for the show. It’s an open dialogue that combines knowledge of their work with crafting a simple text that conveys their thoughts and intentions to the viewer,” Maria Emilia writes. “This year I also started giving public tours for each exhibition at the gallery, and I’m the gallery’s social media manager.”

Together with her father, José Enrique Fernández, Maria Emilia cohosts Covertitlan, a radio show at Horizonte 107.9 FM that is dedicated to cover versions of world music. “My dad has been doing radio for many years, and invited me to join him in a new show when I moved back to Mexico,” she explains. “It is one of my weekly highlights, an opportunity to learn about all kinds of music and a chance to share that with my dad.”

Maria Emilia donates several hours each week to lead tours at the Museo Jumex, a contemporary-art museum in the city; and she volunteers with the UWC Mexican National Committee, helping select new scholarship recipients.

She hopes to earn a master’s degree in arts education, then “to apply what I learn in Mexican museums and institutions. I’m still realizing how much I learned at Mahindra and Vassar, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.”