Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent curator based in Oakland, CA. Currently, she is working on curatorial and public program projects in Albuquerque, NM; Santa Ana, CA; and in San Francisco, CA. She is also 1/2 of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with Cesar Valdez
From Spring 2016 - to Summer 2018, she served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California, where she oversaw exhibition coordination of over ten contemporary art exhibitions per year. Additionally, she developed public engagement initiatives including ICA Live!, a performance art program, and Talking Art, a series of panel discussions and artist lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. She Instituted the first national call for site-specific installations and implemented a pipeline for future art commissions. Prior to the ICA, Valdez created public programs that were invested in the the intersection of arts and sciences at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Additionally, Valdez worked closely with a San Francisco art advisor to help build and expand private art collections throughout the U.S. Her curatorial projects have been held at the San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts, California College of the Arts and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in San Francisco and Oakland.
She is an advisory board member of Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco/Bay Area and serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, Valdez was selected to participate in the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in Manila, Philippines. She was born in Manila and grew up along the West Coast of the U.S. Valdez earned a BA in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts.