Zoë Elena Moldenhauer received a B.F.A. in Painting, Art History, and Curatorial Practices from the Maryland Institute College of Art in May 2019 and an M.A. in Latin American Studies with an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University. She is the Founder and Curator of The Aerogramme Art Center for Art and Culture – an online curatorial project, quarterly fine art and literary magazine, and podcast providing opportunities to artists and writers during the pandemic closures. Her curatorial projects explore the intersection of art and activism as a vehicle for social change. Selected projects include: “from” a virtual solo exhibition featuring artist Nicholas B. Jacobsen (2020); “Sign Language: Breaking Down Behavior” a group exhibition at the Rosenberg Gallery (2019); and “American Made: Mass Production/Mass Incarceration” a group exhibition at the Maryland Art Place Inc. (2017). She has exhibited in group and solo shows at Fox Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2019); Center for the Arts Gallery, Townson, MD (2020); and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY (2021). Zoë currently resides in New York where she is an artist at Brooklyn Art Cluster Studios and is a member of Teleportal Gallery.  

Under the umbrella of an invented alphabet, Zoë explores sentence structures, syntax, linguistics and more to create a world that co-exists with a modern reality while remaining fictional. Her process of communication re-scripts language in code via visual translation to detail conversations, thoughts, and writings. These meticulous paintings and drawings evolve from Zoë’s research of her transracial adoption, language, and absent heritage. As a Guatemalan-New Yorker who grew up listening and speaking French, German, Hebrew, Spanish and Nahuatl, her fictional alphabet seeks to challenge Western perceptions of space and communication that explore notions of place, belonging, and history making.  


Instagram: @_zoeelena_


b. 1996, Guatemala 
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York


2020-2022, New York University - MA - Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies | New York, NY

2015-2019, Maryland Institute College of Art - BFA -  Painting, Art History, Curatorial Studies | Baltimore, MD 

Exhibition History


Forthcoming, Movement: Group Exhibition, Real Tinsel | Milwaukee, WI

The Artist Residency Project: Group Exhibition, The Aerogramme Center for Arts and Culture | Online
TSA_PDF x SVA Exhibition, Tiger Strikes Asteroid | New York, NY
2020, Juried Artscape Network: Into the Void, Center for the Arts Gallery | Towson, MD   
2019, MICA’s 2019 Commencement Exhibition: The Enigma of Language, Fox Gallery | Baltimore, MD
2016, Perpetually In Between, Middendorf Gallery | Baltimore, MD   
2015, Speaking Sites, Dust Town Studios | Baltimore, MD

Curatorial Projects

2019, Sign Language: Breaking Down Behavior, Rosenberg Gallery | Baltimore, MD
2018, Generations: Compositions, Design & New Media, Rosenberg Gallery | Baltimore, MD  
2017, American Made: Mass Production/Mass Incarceration, Maryland Art Place Inc. | Baltimore, MD
2016, Perpetually In Between, Middendorf Gallery | Baltimore, MD


New American Paintings, Juried Northeast Issue 152, Pp. 100-103 | Boston, MA
The Woven Tale Press, Volume 9 Issue 3, Pp. 13-18 | Setauket, NY

Residencies &  Fellowships

2022,  Latino Museum Studies Program, National Musuem of the American Latino | Washington, DC

2021, The Artist Residency Project, School of Visual Arts | New York, NY
2019-2020, Public Ally, Baltimore Corps | Baltimore, MD

Administrative Experience

2022-Present, Latino Museum Studies Program Graduate Fellow at the National Musuem of the American Latino | Washington, DC

2020-Present, Founder and Curator of The Aerogramme Center for Arts and Culture | Online
Gallery Intern at The Invisible Dog Art Center | Brooklyn, NY
Education Department Intern at The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library | New York, NY
2019-2020, Events and Community Outreach Coordinator at Code in the Schools | Baltimore, MD
2016-2019, President of the Hispanic-Latino Student Union | Baltimore, MD

Awards & Scholarships

2020, The Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, AmeriCorps
2019, Leadership Honor Award, Maryland Institute College of Art
Presidential Scholarship, Department of Education
Creative Vision Award, Moore Kingston Smith
New York City Scholastics Awards, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
RISD Annual Art Award, Rhode Island School of Design