Onyx Montes


B.A. in Art History (University of Washington, Seattle) and M.A. in Museum and Exhibition Studies (UIC)

Onyx Montes is a museum educator, cultural worker, and salary transparency advocate. Onyx moved by herself to the U.S. from Mexico, at the age of 17 and studied art history at the University of Washington in Seattle, and holds an MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the first person in her family to graduate from college and is part of the inaugural Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship by Americans for the Arts. Onyx has worked as a museum educator at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. She currently works as the social media manager for Hyde Park Art Center. Two projects she is proud of include the art history workshops she taught for incarcerated women in Mexico as well as the publication “Anthology: Artists and their Snacks”, which she edited in collaboration with the organization United States Artists. She is an avid reader and a solo traveler with 19 countries and counting under her belt.

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