Silvia Cubiña

Silvia Cubiña

Class

CCL Class of 2008

Institution

Bass Museum of Art

Title

Executive Director and Chief Curator

Institution at time of Fellowship

The Moore Space

Mentors

Thelma Golden, Studio Museum in Harlem

Nancy Spector, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

SILVIA KARMAN CUBIÑÁ is the Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach in 2008. Previously, she was the Directorof The Moore Space, Miami, from 2002-2008. In the past, she held theposition of Adjunct Curator at inova, the Institute of Visual Arts;University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and at The Mexican Museum in SanFrancisco and the Cuban Museum of Art in Miami. She was the PuertoRico commissioner to the 1997 Bienal de Sao Paolo. She has curatednumerous exhibitions, lectured extensively and participated in grantpanels and award selection committees, including serving as a jurorfor the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Award for 2006 and juror at theBienal de Lyon in 2008. In 2007, she was a finalist for the WalterHopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and was a fellow in the Centerfor Curatorial Leadership (CCL) fellowship program. Ms. Cubiñácurrently serves on the Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Boardand on the Board of Directors of the AAMD American Alliance of ArtMuseum Directors. In 2012, Ms. Cubiñá was awarded the distinction ofChevalier de l'ordre des arts et lettres by the French Ministry ofCulture.

My CCL experience gave me more than managerial and administrative skills, it allowed me access to successful museum professionals and board members and their experiences. Ultimately, it enabled me to own the idea of being a museum director.