Patricia Cariño Valdez is an independent visual arts and public programs curator based in Oakland, CA. Currently, she works at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), where she develops public programs that amplify special exhibitions, such as The World of Charles and Ray Eames and Queer California: Untold Stories. In 2019-2020, she will be curating OMCA’s 50th Anniversary programs. Most recently, Valdez curated Super Sarap at Erica Broussard Gallery (Formerly Gallery 6/6/7) in Santa Ana, CA, and in March 2019, an expanded version of the show traveled to Asia Society in Texas. She is ½ of Casa de Palomitas, a collaborative research and writing project with Cesar Valdez.
From Spring 2016 - to Summer 2018, Valdez served as the Curator and Director of Public Programs at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in California. While there, 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 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 Asia Society Texas (Houston, TX); San Francisco State University, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, CA), Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium (San Francisco, CA), Oakland Museum of California, Pro Arts (Oakland, CA), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and numerous independent galleries and art spaces in the Bay Area. Valdez has participated as a speaker and panelist at the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA), Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Living Room Light Exchange (San Francisco, CA), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery, and Central Features Contemporary (Albuquerque, NM).
Valdez serves on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. In 2016, she 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.