J. Gibran Villalobos is an administrator, curator, and art historian.
Previously Gibran was the Exhibitions and Collection Coordinator for the City of Glendale, Arizona, organizing exhibitions with local organizations in conjunction with municipal exhibition spaces as well as temporary public art projects. He has served on the Arizona-Sonora Administrators Exchange, the National Association for Latino Arts, and Americans for the Arts. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago he served as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies. His research has been presented at the Hemi GSI convening at UCLA, the 12th Havana Biennial, and the American Association of Geographers.
During his time in Chicago, he has managed a series of projects across top institutions including the Chicago Park District, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2014 he piloted a five-year initiative, The Re:Center Project working closely with the Cultural Centers in the Chicago Park District to work with grassroot organizations and shaping cultural programming at park sites. In 2016 he was elected to attend the Advocacy Leadership Institute where he was invited to the White House Office of Public Engagement, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to speak to key issues affecting Latinx in Chicago. He has served on research grant panels for NALAC and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently serves on the Auxiliary Board for the National Museum of Mexican Art and on the executive board The Association of American Culture (TAAC). He is faculty lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy and the Public Programs and Partnership Manager at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.