Michael Quituisaca ’17

Class of 2017, Art History Major

My Art History professors helped to open doors for me that have led to incredible experiences and jobs, ones that I never could have accomplished without their support.


When Michael Quituisaca ’17 went to the National Gallery for the first time in Washington, D.C., he saw an exhibition that inspired him to pursue a career in Art History. In one of his first classes at MMC, he soon discovered that his professor, Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, was the curator of that inspiring show! “Dr. Rosenfeld became an influential mentor during my time at MMC,” says Quituisaca. “It is very fitting that I ended up back in Washington, where I first encountered Dr. Rosenfeld’s work.”

Quituisaca is back in the Capitol working towards a master’s of Art History at American University, and is a Graduate Fellow for the Alper Initiative for Washington Art. Since his time at MMC, he has worked as a Cole Fellow for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (2017-18), has been selected for the 2019 Princeton Ph.D. Preview program (P3), and is a contributing writer for DCTrending online magazine.

“By the time I graduated, I wanted to have a good amount of work experience on my résumé, so that I could jump right into the workforce. The amazing professors in the Art History program helped to give me these experiences. Professor Bell noticed my love for American Art and introduced me to her colleague Bruce Weber, the Curator of Paintings and Sculptures at the Museum of the City of New York. After telling him that I wanted to be a curator myself, he offered me an internship.”

Quituisaca was also featured in a Washington Post article on his curatorial work with American University Museum. 

When he has a spare moment, Michael enjoys biking, museum hopping, and advocating for a Green New Deal with the Sunrise Movement. 

For current students, Quituisaca suggests developing strong working relationships with faculty. “Your professors are your greatest resource. Dr. Bell and Dr. Rosenfeld helped open doors for me that have lead to incredible experiences and jobs, ones that I never could have accomplished with out their support. Sit in front of class and make sure your professors know who you are! It’s not too difficult to do that at MMC.”