Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph.D. Named New MOLAA President and CEO

The Museum of Latin American Art’s Board of Directors, announced today that Lourdes I. Ramos, Ph. D. has been selected to serve in the position of President and CEO. Dr. Ramos will bring an international perspective to MOLAA, having spearheaded partnerships with major international institutions and alliances during her more than 20-year career in the museum field. Her tenure at MOLAA will begin on May 1, 2017.

Dr. Ramos joins MOLAA at an exciting time. The Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, has seen growing admissions and continues to receive accolades from the museum industry, media and the community. Robert Braun, Co-Chair of MOLAA’s Board, said, “We are so excited to see someone of Dr. Ramos’ caliber take the reins at MOLAA. She is strategic, forward-thinking and has an excellent track record of museum leadership. 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.”  

In speaking of her new appointment, Dr. Ramos stated, “When we refer to the most exalted institutions of Latin and Latin American art, MOLAA is a mandatory reference.  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.”

Dr. Ramos comes to MOLAA directly from the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), in San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest and most prominent Latin American cultural institutions, where she has served as Executive Director and Chief Curator for the past 12 years.

Dr. Ramos completed her Ph. D. in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona, Spain, with a concentration in Arts Administration. She received her M.A. in Fine Arts from Illinois State University and her B.A. in Fine Arts from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. In addition, Dr. Ramos participated in the Museum Leadership Program hosted by the Getty Leadership Institute and is a certified fine art appraiser (USPAP).