Catherine J. Trujillo
New Mexico History Museum
Catherine J. Trujillo serves as the Deputy Director for the New Mexico History Museum, collaborating to support Education & Engagement, Visitor Services, and Campus Operations.
Before joining the museum she was curator at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA where she oversaw the Creative Works Department to support alternative approaches to scholarship with a commitment to amplify underrepresented topics and voices by shaping, sharing, and fueling stories with collaborators in art, exhibits, and digital publishing.
Her lived-experiences and background in community engagement have shaped her career within museums, archives, and libraries, growing her expertise in the stewardship of cultural histories, storytelling, publishing and design. Her work focuses on creating long-standing contributions to the cultural life of the community, with a commitment for the preservation and dissemination of underrepresented voices in history and art.
Ms. Trujillo has storied family roots in southern New Mexico with ties to Chiz, Monticello, and Truth or Consequences. She joins the New Mexico History Museum with a priority to be of service to the museum community and the people of New Mexico.
Things that used to be...
Catherine Trujillo lived, worked and mothered in San Luis Obispo, CA.
She curated anything from cowboys to pixels at Cal Poly.
She co-curated and founded Pecha Kucha Night SLO.
She volunteers a lot in the community.
She shared things & subjects & work with people close to her heart.
She likes to have fun.
Secrets to Lives Well Lived are on her mind.
Originally from East Los Angeles, curator Catherine Trujillo was guided into the arts by her maternal grandmother who raised her and who celebrated their ancestors and cultural heritage from New Mexico. She uses a Xicanisma and BIPoC feminist lens as a way to enact radical change. She does this work with collaborators and colleagues to name, question and intervene in racism within the arts, academia, and communities. Her lived-experiences and background in community engagement have shaped her academic career within museums, archives, and libraries growing her expertise in the stewardship of cultural histories, storytelling, publishing and design. Her work focuses on creating long-standing contributions to the cultural life of the community, with a commitment for the preservation and dissemination of underrepresented voices in history and art.
She oversees California Polytechnic State University’s Robert E. Kennedy Library Creative Works department, which supports alternative approaches to scholarship with a commitment to amplify underrepresented topics and voices. Along with Digital Publishing Research Fellow, jaime ding, they do this by shaping, sharing, and fueling stories with collaborators in art, exhibits, and digital publishing. And do so on the unceded lands of yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, the Northern Chumash tribe, upon which we are grateful guests.
The Faculty Exhibit Program, University Art Collection, Community Galleries, and Poly Publishing, which aims to enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship through a digitally immersive, interactive system that focuses on collaboration, accessible approaches, and recognition of individuals’ places within structural systems. This structural solution brings inclusive practices, equity, and justice to the forefront of scholarly publishing at Cal Poly — centering historically underrepresented identities, perspectives, and creativity.
Founded in 2020, Central Coast Snapshots gathers stories that center perspectives of those historically marginalized on California’s Central Coast, stories that take shape in any number of forms (interviews, photo essays, poetry, videos, journals, documentaries, art, portraits) during this critical, COVID-19 moment.
Find us online: http://centralcoastsnapshots.online
In her spare time she served as the associate producer and archival researcher for the documentary film Lives Well Lived and a sometime contributor to KCET’s Artbound — transmedia journalism exploring Southern California's arts and culture. Additionally, she co-founded an organization to support the undocumented student community in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.