Sharmyn Cruz Rivera is a Puerto Rican curator and writer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her research departs from meditations on human geography, radical manifestations of identity, and methodologies of collaboration. Most recently, Cruz Rivera served as Project Manager at Volume Gallery and as Associate Curator at The Green Lantern Press based at Sector 2337 in Chicago. During her time at Sector 2337, she assisted on exhibitions including Lou Mallozzi’s site-specific sound installation, 1:1, and Angelika Markul’s solo exhibition, If the hours were already counted. Cruz Rivera holds an MA in arts administration and policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a dual BA in art history and modern languages from the University of Puerto Rico. She was a participant of the 2019-2020 Curatorial Programme at de Appel. Sharmyn has been a resident at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency (Saugatuck, MI), Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange (Kaneohe, HI), Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), ACRE (Steuben, WI), and was the recipient of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellowship. Recent projects include the group exhibition, Corrosive Like Salt Water at the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, An Image for a Vessel at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, La vista: mamihlapinatapai at The Franklin, Hinged Space at Terrain Exhibitions, and Fiction Within at Chicago Artists’ Coalition. She is the co-editor of This may or may not be a true story or a lesson in resistance, published by de Appel in Spring 2021. Cruz Rivera currently serves as Coordinator of Theory of Art, Design and Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. 


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