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Victoria Ramirez. Courtesy of the city of El Paso.
Victoria Ramirez. Courtesy of the city of El Paso.

Arkansas Arts Center Appoints Victoria Ramirez Executive Director

The Arkansas Arts Center has named Victoria Ramirez as its new executive director. Ramirez comes to the institution from the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), where she served as director since January 2017. Previously, she was deputy director of the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin and the education director at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

With more than twenty years of museum administration experience, Ramirez has spearheaded renovation projects, led fundraising campaigns, developed exhibitions and education programs, and launched digital initiatives to increase museum attendance. During her tenure at EPMA, she oversaw a collection of more than seven thousand works, helped organize twelve exhibitions, and expanded its art school. Under her leadership, the institution was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Institution for Museum and Library Services.

“We are truly honored to welcome Dr. Ramirez to the Arkansas Arts Center,” said Merritt Dyke, president of the center’s board of trustees. “Her deep experience in exhibitions, education, planning, and fundraising comes at the perfect time as we work to strengthen the Arkansas Arts Center as the regions’ premier center for the visual and performing arts.”

The Arkansas Arts Center is currently trying to raise $128 million to fund the construction of a new building designed by architect Jeanne Gang and her firm, Studio Gang, and to increase its endowment. The new center will also include a landscape design by Kate Orff and SCAPE. The venue has moved from its location in MacArthur Park to a temporary venue at the Riverdale Shopping Center at 2510 Cantrell Road in Little Rock, where it will continue to offer classes, education programs, and performances until the grand opening of its new building in early 2022.

“The project to re-envision the Arts Center will undoubtedly usher in the most expansive era in the institution’s history,” Ramirez said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to be the new executive director during this transformative time.”