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Elizabeth Cerejido

Curator Elizabeth Cerejido will be the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection
University of Miami (UM)


Miami, Florida

Elizabeth Cerejido has spent countless hours scouring the treasure trove that can be found in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC), researching the different archives, artwork, pictures and other documents for her work as an art historian and scholar of Cuban and Cuban-American art. 

On August 6, 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. The endowed chair honors the founding director of the collection, Professor Emerita Esperanza Bravo de Varona, who worked at UM for 45 years until her retirement in 2013.   

Born in Cuba, Cerejido came to the United States with her mother in 1970, and grew up in Miami. In the past two decades, she has devoted both her academic and professional life to the study of the island and the Cuban diaspora through its visual arts. She also has studied extensively the history and art of Latin America.

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.



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