PhD Student; Latin American Art, AH 112 Teaching Fellow, HAA Diversity & Inclusion Committee


Hailing from the West Coast, Leah Olivo is an incoming MA/PhD student interested in studying modern and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American/Latine art. Her undergraduate studies at Rice University created a passion for museum work, as well as mentoring students. While in Houston, Leah was involved in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and worked at the Menil Collection under curator Michelle White and at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston under Mari Carmen Ramírez. Her work on the Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon show at the Menil sparked an interest in Surrealism, leading her to write her senior thesis on Realism, Surrealism, and the depiction of reality in the Afro-Caribbean.

Research Interests:

  • Modern and Contemporary Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latine/Latin American Art

History of Art & Architecture Diversity & Inclusion Committee