Black and white photograph. Rachael Arauz viewing work by artist Fernanda Fragateiro in Lisbon, 2017.Rachael Arauz viewing work by artist Fernanda Fragateiro in Lisbon, 2017. Headshot and photo courtesy of Rachael Arauz.
M. Rachael Arauz leans against a brick while and smiles, they eyes are looking to their right.

M. Rachael Arauz

Visiting Curator: BCA Studio Residency Program

M. Rachael Arauz is an independent curator of modern and contemporary art, with a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. She has organized exhibitions and contributed to museum catalogues in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, for institutions including DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Boston University Art Gallery, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She has presented major solo exhibitions of artists Keith Haring and Julianne Swartz, and her wide-ranging curatorial interests have spanned topics such as mid-century abstraction, Mexican photography, and weaving in contemporary art. Arauz was co-curator of the 2019 exhibition In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 for the Portland Museum of Art, Maine. In addition to serving as juror and visiting critic for various organizations, Arauz has written about her museum experience as a “minority intern” in the 1990s for Hyperallergic, and was a Visiting Scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University in autumn 2023. She currently lives in Wellesley, MA where she is the curator of a private art collection.