Jimmy Castillo is an artist, administrator, and educator in Houston, Texas. A life-long Houstonian, he is a graduate of the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. He received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2000, returning to complete his MFA in Photography and Digital Media in 2019. Jimmy has contributed to collaborative projects and exhibitions around Houston, working with MECA, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Project Row Houses, Lawndale Art Center, DiverseWorks, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
He served as the Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Programming at Lawndale Art Center from 2004 - 2007; where he was involved with the completion of the building renovation, the 25th Anniversary exhibition, and the creation of the Artist Studio Program. In his capacity as the Civic Art + Design Collection Manager at the Houston Arts Alliance from 2007 – 2016, Jimmy managed the City of Houston’s Civic Art Collection along with major public art projects with the City and other partners. He has managed the conservation and restoration of many of Houston’s most treasured and historic public artworks, as well as managing the commission of new public artworks and art acquisitions on behalf of the City of Houston through its Civic Art Program. Jimmy is currently the Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects at Art League Houston.
He teaches digital photography as an adjunct faculty instructor at the Glassell School of Art. His work was recently included in the exhibition, “Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and his work is also represented in permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. His current studio projects include a photographic series about the changes and memories of Near Northside, the Houston Neighborhood where he was born and raised.