Maria Trujillo

Maria C. Trujillo grew up as a third culture kid living in South America. She moved to the United States to pursue a B.A. and M. A. in art history. Through her experience as an art museum educator and writer, she strives to build bridges between the past and present, art and audiences, and emotions and empathy. When she’s not writing, Maria loves to read literature, travel to new cities, and explore unique coffee shops.

Deaccessioning artwork: the complex problem facing museums

The term “deaccessioning” has become a dirty word in the museum world since COVID-19 began. The complex practice of putting an art collection object up for sale has become even more intricate as museums struggle to answer questions around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Suppose an art museum’s mission is to collect and preserve humanity’s artworks […]

U.S museums continue to face uncertain futures amid COVID-19 spikes

The museum where I work as an Interpretive Specialist was one of the first large art institutions to close in early March amidst rising COVID-19 numbers in early March. Nine months later, the U.S is facing spikes in states that were once doing well, in some cases surpassing records from months earlier. These numbers paint […]

AR and VR find new life in the social distance age

Various industries are looking to expand their offerings during the social distancing age through virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR)—the art world is no exception. If avid travelers can board a plan in Japan for a virtual vacation, why not let art enthusiasts experience an empty Louvre from their sofa or hang artwork on […]

Coping with our common problems through the arts

Art can be the answer to coping with many of our common problems. In these troubled times, when persistent racism, polarizing politics, and rampant illness converge together to divide humanity seemingly, perhaps the arts can be one way to express ourselves and empathize with one another. Experiencing and creating art can give us a sense […]

Museums need to confront racism

The wave of anti-racism sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, exacerbated by centuries of injustice and colonialism’s ugly past, continues its worldwide spread. The kinds of critical questions prompted by the Black Lives Matter movement have touched every industry – and museums are no exception: Are museums successfully integrating People of […]

Christo: a legacy of making the impossible possible

On May 31, 2020, the art world suffered the incredible loss of the artist Christo. Whether it was surrounding islands in Biscayne Bay with pink fabric or wrapping Paris’s Pont Neuf bridge, no building or natural wonder was too ambitious to transform into art. Although he left us at the age of 84, the vast […]

Museums are closed but their digital doors are open

Museums of all shapes and sizes are striving to engage quarantined audiences all over the world through digital initiatives. While their physical doors may be closed, your favorite museum likely has at least one video tour with a curator or downloadable gallery guide. Cultural institutions have a history of being slow to adapt to new […]