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Maribel Ruiz

Maribel Ruiz

Los Angeles, CA, US

 
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About 

Born in Guadalajara, Ms. Ruiz grew up in a bicultural setting living both in Mexico and the US. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. She has four years of experience working in the art world as an Exhibition Designer and Art Technician for organizations such as The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Hammer Museum. Aside from her academic and work experience, she has collaborated on non-profit projects focused on the native heritage of Mexico, as well as sustainability in architecture. She hopes to continue working on projects where she can apply her knowledge in architecture, art, humanities, and culture.


 

Employment 

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, US, Art Technician

Interpreted technical drawings for installation procedures of three-dimensional artwork. Assisted galleries with spatial arrangement and installation of artworks. Assisted with the arrival of artwork on-site. Oversaw, managed and organized artwork storage.

Nov 2021 - Dec 2021
 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, Student Assistant, College of Environmental Design

Operated 3D printers, laser cutters, plotters, and inkjet printers in FabLab. Designed graphics for the college's weekly newsletter and social media platforms. Assisted new students during orientation. Performed basic administrative tasks for Dean's office.

Feb 2019 - Aug 2021
 

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, US, Exhibition Design Assistant

Worked under the instruction of Exhibition Design Manager. Space planning and exhibition design for the placement of artwork in galleries. Designed and fabricated museum props. Assisted during the staging and installation of artwork.

Exhibits worked on:
Sarah Lucas: Au Natural, Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence, Paul McCarthy: Head Space, Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit.

Oct 2019 - Mar 2020
 

By Ben, Los Angeles, CA, US, Student Intern

Summer internship for architecture and design firm. Drafting for ADU project in schematic and design development phases. Designed and built digital and physical models.

Jul 2019 - Sep 2019
 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Art Technician, Studio Assistant

Coordinated and staged exhibitions in temporary and permanent galleries. Installation procedures for two- and three-dimensional art objects in a variety of materials and sizes. Archival wrapping and crating of artwork for storage and shipment. Worked under the instruction of Sol LeWitt Studio.

Exhibits worked on:
Zoey Leonard: Survey, Laura Owens, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA's Collection, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2019.

Mar 2019 - Aug 2019
 

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, US, Art Technician, Exhibition Assistant

Worked along with registrar and exhibition designer to inspect and assess artwork upon arrival. Staged and prepared galleries. Worked under the instruction of members from the Ai Weiwei studio. Interpreted technical drawings and diagrams.

Exhibits worked on:
Olafur Eliasson: Reality project, Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle.

Jun 2018 - Mar 2019
 

Education 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

The Architecture program at Cal Poly Pomona emerged from the creative and practical incubator of Los Angeles, which has long encouraged experimentation as it continually reinvents itself. The program begins with a core foundation in design, followed by the technical training necessary for the practice of architecture. At the upper-division, students explore electives, topic studios, and culminating projects that range from the theoretical to the practical. Many students focus on sustainability, preservation, urban design, healthcare, education, and hospitality design. Along this journey, students build awareness of cultural phenomena, and emerging fabrication and construction techniques, which enriches their work, leading to a variety of careers in architecture.

Aug 2018 - current
 

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, AS, Engineering Technology

The Engineering and Technology, Associate in Science Degree, allows students the opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary programs of study at the university level. This area of emphasis provides a flexible environment for high-achieving students to study complex engineering disciplines such as architecture.

Aug 2016 - May 2018
 

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA, US, AA, Humanities

The Humanities Associate in Arts Degree is a two year degree that aims to study a broad set of topics that range from cultural studies to philosophy. The concepts vary with each course, where student is expected to analyze, theorize, and better understand the human condition.

Aug 2015 - May 2017
 

Awards 

Interview for ABC7 Eyewitness News on behalf of CPP ARC Students, Other

Cal Poly Pomona architecture students aim to address homelessness with mobile dwelling design.

2021
 

Materials & Applications Architecture Radio with Lookout FM, Honorable Mention

M&A Architecture Radio on KGAP 96.7 FM-LP launches with Issue 1: Test Flight
From interviews to ASMR to field recordings and more, this cross-section of contemporary architectural topics plays at random across airwaves in Burbank, Hollywood, and the Pacific Palisades to encourage serendipitous intersections of content and context.

Title of soundscape piece: Trees Go To Heaven
In collaboration with Luciana Varkulja and Erick Ruiz Arellano.

2021
 

Visual Arts and Media Studies Scholarship Exhibition 2018, Scholarship

The Visual Arts and Media Studies Scholarships are awarded to current Pasadena City College students who display high academic and creative achievement. The students exhibited in this gallery made it through a multi-level review process including VAMS faculty from every area of the division. The highest-ranked students were awarded Scholarships provided by our generous donors, with the assistance of the PCC Foundation.

2018
 

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