PJ GUBATINA POLICARPIO is an artist, educator, researcher, curator, programmer, writer, and community organizer. His multidisciplinary practice utilizes research, text, collaboration, programming, publication, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. Through his work, PJ aims to create spaces for thoughtful engagements between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is criticality, decolonisation, and queerness through an intersectional lens. As an educator and arts administrator, PJ brings dynamic and wide-ranging experience in museum education, youth development, and arts administration, working in both New York City and San Francisco. He has managed a yearlong curatorial practice program for teens, coordinated a fellowship for socially-engaged artists, and has worked as educator at The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Queens Museum where he collaborated on the inaugural Summer Youth Arts Project. A leading voice in museum education, PJ created Engaging Multilingual Students: An Educator's Guide in 2015. He has presented on his work at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), National Art Education Association (NAEA), New York City Museum Education Roundtable (NYCMER), Open Engagement, and College Art Association (CAA). He is part Museum as Site for Social Action (MASS Action). PJ has delivered lectures, keynotes, and participated in panels at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The New School/Parsons School of Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Field Museum, Textile Arts Center, MoCADA, Museum of Chinese in America, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and more. PJ is co-founder of PAL / Pilipinx American Library, a mobile, non-lending library and programming platform dedicated exclusively to diasporic Filipinx voices. His publication Textiles of the Philippines is in the collection of The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PJ has organized exhibitions and public programming at Dixon Place, Knockdown Center, NURTUREart, Queens Museum, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, SFMOMA's Public Knowledge Library, and the Asian Art Museum. He currently serves on SOMA Pilipinas' Arts and Culture Committee, Southern Exposure’s Curatorial Council and is the Youth Programs Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Born in the Philippines, PJ works between New York City and San Francisco, CA; the Lenape and Ohlone homelands.