Andrea Alvarez, PhD

Assistant Curator

A Latinx woman with her hair pulled back seated at a table with her arms crossed, resting on the table in front of herIn 2021, Dr. Andrea Alvarez was named Assistant Curator for the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Alvarez has been with the museum since 2017, when she started as Curatorial Fellow, before becoming Curatorial Assistant the following year. Since that time, her curatorial projects have included organizing The Swindle: Art Between Seeing and Believing and co-organizing the Buffalo AKG’s presentation of We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. She organized the group exhibition Comunidades Visibles: The Materiality of Migration in 2021.

From 2014 to 2017, Alvarez was Director of Exhibitions at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where she organized student, faculty, and alumni exhibitions, created interdisciplinary activities and programs, and taught Arts cross-disciplinary courses. She has previously held positions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, and Fundación Guayasamín, in Quito, Ecuador.

Alvarez received her PhD from the Department of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020, where she previously earned her Master’s degree. She received her bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from the College of William and Mary.

Alvarez’s curatorial focus is on contemporary art, with a particular interest in the work of Latinx and Latin American artists.

Artist Dindga McCannon, Assistant Curator Andrea Alvarez, and Curatorial Assistant Jasmine Magaña, with the artist’s Revolutionary Sister, 1971, in We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85. Photograph by Tom Loonan.