Lourdes I. Ramos

Lourdes I. Ramos to Lead California’s Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, has announced that Lourdes I. Ramos, currently executive director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, has been appointed the institution’s new president and CEO. She is the first Latina to head the museum. Her tenure at MoLAA will begin on May 1.

“When we refer to the most exalted institutions of Latin and Latin American art, MoLAA is a mandatory reference,” Ramos said. “As a professional, to be able to contribute to and expand upon the artistic legacy and the vision of MoLAA, in a framework of strategic development, is a great responsibility. Nevertheless, it is a shared responsibility with all those visionaries who see the arts as the pinnacle of human expression and a unifying force that celebrates diversity and inclusion without regard to borders.”

Ramos has been at the helm of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico for the past twelve years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, her master’s from Illinois State University, and her Ph.D. in fine arts at the University of Barcelona. She also participated in the museum leadership program hosted by the Getty Leadership Institute and is a certified fine-art appraiser.

Robert Braun, cochair of the board, said, “We are so excited to see someone of Dr. Ramos’s caliber take the reins at MoLAA . . . Her ability to organize projects on a global scale and attract new audiences and support through innovative, collection-based programs will enable MoLAA to strengthen its artistic direction and create a solid infrastructure for its continued growth.” Ramos succeeds Stuart Ashman, who resigned from his post last summer to head the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe in New Mexico. Ashman is credited with helping the institution regain its financial footing after struggling with annual deficits since the death of its founder, Robert Gumbiner, in 2009.