Rebecca Elizabeth Chacon Gomez started working with museums, galleries, and fine art collections in 2006 when she curated her first exhibition for the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. She specializes in curating exhibitions, academic research and writing, grant writing, cataloging art, installing exhibitions, managing staff, and planning community outreach with programs and events.
She earned her M.A. in Art History and Criticism from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2011), focusing on Latin American and U.S. Latinx Art. Rebecca's thesis is about “The History, Collection, and Display of Chicano/a Art in San Antonio” and her written work appears in peer-reviewed publications, including Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (UNAM) and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas (University of New Mexico).
Rebecca is currently a Program Manager with Groundworks New Mexico, delivering professional development programs to support nonprofit organizations across the state. She also works independently as an Art Historian, writing for exhibition catalogs (Entropy, Mexican American Cultural Center). In 2020, she worked as the Administrative Director of the Juntos Art Association, where she served as a copy editor for their book, Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2020). Rebecca served as the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs for nearly six years at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas (2014 – 2019). While there, she served as the project director or curated over 70 exhibitions, 38 artist residencies, 24 murals, and she worked on the documentation of over 1800 works of art for the permanent art collection.
Rebecca presented her research publicly, including a paper on Emerging Latinx Artist Collectives: Navigating Art Spaces and Coping with Austin's Gentrification for Latino Art Now Conference: Sightlines and Timeframes (2019) and a paper on Proyecto Changarrito for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research Conference: the Mapping of Latino Research (2017). She has served as a juror for the Bedford Gallery's World of Frida exhibition (2018), both the EAST & WEST Austin Studio Tours (2017), and an advisor to the City of Austin's Tempo 2D Art in Public Places panel. She was also invited to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the Institute of Museums and Library Sciences' Museums for America Grant Program (2019).
Previously, Rebecca worked as an Assistant Curator at the UTSA Art Collection (2009 – 2012) where she supported the curation of exhibitions monthly and interviewed over 200 artists to write biographies for these artists in the UTSA permanent Art Collection. She also worked as an intern for the Royal Academy of Arts in London (2006) and an intern for the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts that resulted in curated exhibition, Art of Devotion: 18th and 19th Century Mexican Religious Folk Art (2007).