Speaker: Melissa Carrillo
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Melissa Carrillo

Virtual Museum/Web Programs Director
Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Latino Center
600 Maryland Ave. SW Suite 7042
Washington DC
20024-0512 USA

Melissa Carrillo, Virtual/Web Programs Director for the Smithsonian Latino Center: Ms. Carrillo has directed and designed virtual exhibition program production for the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Latino Virtual Gallery for over seven years. She also currently manages and maintains the Center’s website and website re-branding initiative. Ms. Carrillo is leading the online initiative The Latino Virtual Museum, an interactive interface to Smithsonian Latino Collections, scheduled to launch Fall 2007. As the virtual museum’s director, Ms.Carrillo is bringing together a design and curatorial team that will determine the initial strategy for content, content organization, interface design features and functionality. Ms. Carrillo began her career at the Smithsonian Institution as a SIIRLC Graduate Fellow in 1999 and founded the Latino Virtual Gallery during her residency. Since then, she continues to develop and implement creative tasks under the Latino Virtual Gallery that encompass design, research and curatorial duties involved in producing virtual exhibitions within an interdisciplinary environment. She is a fine art photographer/ installation artist originally trained in photo-documentary. Her photographic work is represented in several public and private collections. She holds a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas, El Paso; Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (portfolio); Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso; and professional work training in Fine Art Photography and Fashion Photography from Speos Studio in Paris, France, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Melissa will demonstrate Through the Looking Glass: Representing Cultural Heritage Online. [Demonstration]