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Oakland Museum of California Announces Two New Associate Curators of History

(OAKLAND, CA) November 6, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces the appointment of two new Associate Curators of History, Andrea Renner and Erendina A. Delgadillo, who bring extensive experience in the history and museum fields to the Museum, as well as experience with art and interdisciplinary approaches to exhibitions.

Andrea Renner brings more than five years of experience in museums to her role, most recently working as Curator of Exhibitions at the Fairfield Museum of History Center. One of Renner’s most notable achievements in this role was the curation of award-winning exhibition The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield.

Prior to this position, Renner was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, where she curated multi-disciplinary exhibitions, including projects that examined the development of the Manhattan street grid, the history of zoning, and the relationship between housing regulations and design. Renner holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Columbia University, where her research focused on the history of architecture and urbanism. Due to her in depth experience with art and interdisciplinary approaches, Renner will support the work within the Museum’s Gallery of California Art in addition to supporting Gallery of California History rotations.

Erendina A. Delgadillo joins OMCA from the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles, where she was the Curator and Registrar. In this role, she curated temporary and permanent exhibitions, including developing narrative, selecting and procuring objects, and managing object loans. Delgadillo was the lead developer for the center’s permanent exhibition on the Mexican and Mexican American history of Los Angeles, titled LA Starts Here!Other notable exhibitions curated by Delgadillo include ¡Mirame!: Expressions of Queer Latinx Art and Progressive Cultures: A History of Boyle Heights.

Delgadillo has earned several awards for her work, including the 2016 Annual Meeting Fellowship Award for the American Alliance of Museums, 2016 New Professional Award for the National Council on Public History, and the 2016 Minority Professional Award for the Michigan Museums Association & American Association for State and Local History. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Humanities from Brown University.

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome not one, but two stellar new curators to our team,” said Kelly McKinley, Deputy Director of OMCA. “Andrea and Erendina bring a wide range of experiences to our curatorial department, which will be extremely valuable to provide a fresh perspective on our outstanding collection of more than 1.9 million objects. I’m looking forward to their work at OMCA.”

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.


For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact:

Lindsay Wright, 510-318-8467, [email protected].