Rhizomes team


Karen Mary Davalos, Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at University of Minnesota in theTwin Cities, is the leading scholar of Mexican American/Chicano art history and brings experience in addressing research challenges, archival formation, and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Constance Cortez, Professor of Chicana/o Art History and Post Contact Art of Mexico, School of Art, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, is an established scholar and curator of Mexican American art. She is the only art historian in the nation trained in three historical epochs (pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary US and Mexican), making her uniquely qualified to steward this broad-ranging interdisciplinary initiative.


The National Advisory Council is a growing network of prominent humanities scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, and technical advisors with expertise in Mexican American art history. It provides interdisciplinary and multi-institution perspectives on the planning stages of Rhizomes to ensure a broad, inclusive methodological foundation for the project.

The Council provides feedback on all stages of the project, specifically protocol to determine how relevant content comes into Rhizomes from small-budget institutions, identification of search strategies, and the creation of new metadata and controlled vocabularies.


Mary Thomas, Operations Manager, post-doctoral associate of data curation and project management, UMN College of Liberal Arts, Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, serves on the Project Team and assists with project record-keeping and management, provides editorial assistance, arranges and coordinates meetings with partners and Project Team, submits reports to GRI, and manages social media platforms.


Stephen Hearn, Metadata Strategist at the University of Minnesota Libraries, has broad knowledge and practical experience with metadata tools and controlled vocabularies in both traditional and emergent contexts.


Colin McFadden, Technical Architect of the University of Minnesota Liberal Arts Technology and Innovation Services (LATIS), is a technologist deeply rooted in the liberal arts.


Cristina López, Consultant of the College of Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), is an expert in project planning, digital humanities frameworks, interdisciplinary translation, and cross-institutional collaboration.​


David Melendez, PhD Candidate, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, is a Graduate Assistant for Rhizomes, writing blog posts and assisting with web design.


Rebecca D. Meyers, Permanent Collection Curator, has over three decades of collections management and problem-solving variations in vocabulary and cataloging terms for Mexican American art and cultural objects.

Cesareo Moreno, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, is the most prolific curator of Mexican American art, with nearly 100 exhibitions to his name.

Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez, Visual Arts Associate Director & Registrar, is responsible for vital conservation and administrative tasks at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

WEB Development team

Frank Romo, RomoGIS Enterprises, developed the geospatial application for the interactive Rhizomes Map.


Maria Olivia Davalos Stanton is in charge of branding, including redesigning the website and managing social media.