2021 Fellow

Erika Hirugami, MAAB, is the founder and CEO of CuratorLove. Hirugami holds an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Drucker School of Management and Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. As well as multiple BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Chicano Studies, and Mexican Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate at UCLA, where she challenges the convergence of transnational aesthetics with a special focus on critical race theory through the undocumented experience. 

As a Getty and Kress Foundation Fellow, Hirugami has developed curatorial statements at museums across Mexico and the United States. After being a PublicArt Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, Hirugami became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, as well as the Curatorial Director for various galleries while becoming a visiting Lecturer for Universities across the US. She has curated exhibitions for multiple spaces across the globe, and her written work has been published internationally.

Hirugami will be researching and identifying resources and support for undocumented artists living and working in LA. Join us at the 2021 State of the Arts Summit to hear a preview of her research. The full report will be released this winter.