Lauren Ross Named Executive Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park

Lauren Ross, a former curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, has been appointed executive director of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis, Missouri. She will be responsible for managing the 105-acre park’s facilities and sculpture grounds, overseeing its collection and exhibition program, and cultivating donor relationships.

“With her background as curator, educator, strategic planner, fundraiser, Lauren will guide Laumeier Sculpture Park as we enter our fifth decade of nurturing the community through art and nature,” Matt Harvey, the park’s board president, said.

Ross served as the inaugural curator of the ICA from 2014 to 2017. During her tenure at the institution, she helped establish its identity, develop its infrastructure, recruit staff, and plan exhibitions and other programming in anticipation of its opening earlier this year.

Previously, Ross worked as the modern and contemporary art curator at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 2011 to 2014 and as the curator and director of arts programs for the Friends of the High Line in New York City from 2009 to 2011. She will assume her new responsibilities in August.