Lourdes Ramos named president of the Museum of Latin American Art — first Latina to hold the post

Lourdes Ramos, who for the past dozen years has led the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan as executive director and chief curator, has been named the new president and chief executive of the Museum of Latin American Art(MOLAA) in Long Beach. She will be the first Latina to hold the post.

“We were looking for someone with the academic qualifications that Lourdes has, that could give us curatorial direction,” says Robert Braun, co-chair of the museum’s board of directors. “That’s very important. We’d like to see the museum become a thought leader in the field of Latin American, Latino and Chicano art.”

Ramos brings plenty of museum experience to the job.

Prior to her tenure at the Museo de Arte, she was was the director of the San Juan City Museum and the National Collection of Puerto Rico at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She received a master’s degree in fine arts from Illinois State University and her doctorate, in the same subject, from the University of Barcelona in Spain. She is also an accreditation commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, which is how she first came to the attention of the board at MOLAA.

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Chris Alexakis