Virginia Commonwealth University announced it has appointed Lauren Ross as curator of the new Institute for Contemporary Art, opening in 2016. Ross is currently the Nancy E. Meinig Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was previously the first curator of arts programs at the High Line in New York.
The Philbrook Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary curator Lauren Ross is set to head east to be the very first curator at Virginia Commonwealth University’s still-under-construction Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA). Though the ICA doesn’t open until 2016, Ross is set to begin working on its programming next month. This isn’t the first time Ross has been an institution’s inaugural curator — she was the High Line’s first curator from 2009 to 2011.
Lauren Ross has been named the inaugural curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art, set to open at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. Ross was the first curator of arts programs at the High Line, and most recently served as the Nancy E. Meinig curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the ICA will be a noncollecting art institution in Richmond, Virginia. It will focus on encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to art making.
The curator of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., has been tapped as curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, a 46,000-square-foot complex scheduled to open in 2016.
A native of New York, Lauren Ross spent the first 18 years of her career there, including positions at the Brooklyn Museum, alternative space White Columns and the High Line.
After working in the city’s world-leading and often spoiled art scene, she says Oklahoma was “a real eye-opener.”
Lauren Ross will serve as curator under director Lisa Freiman at Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art, which will open in 2016.
Formerly a White Columns director, Ross was the first arts curator at New York’s High Line park. She comes to the ICA from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she was curator of modern and contemporary art.
The ICA, a non-collecting institution designed by Steven Holl Architects, will be a major undertaking at the school.
Virginia Commonwealth University has appointed Lauren Ross as the inaugural curator for the Institute for Contemporary Art.
“Boldly fastened at one of the busiest intersections in Richmond — the corner of Belvedere and Broad streets — the ICA will link VCU’s two campuses and be a key component of Richmond’s Downtown Arts District. The ICA will feature both exhibitions and performances, serving as a laboratory and incubator for the presentation of visual art, theater, music, dance and film by nationally and internationally recognized artists.”
“Beyond new and ongoing exhibitions at the VMFA, museum director Alex Nyerges is looking forward to continuing to strengthen ties with Virginia Commonwealth University artists and administrators now that the Institute for Contemporary Art has finally broken ground downtown. ‘It’s fabulous for Richmond and Virginia,’ Nyerges said. ‘It’s another reason to visit the city and to live here.’”
Using multiple types of structural support systems, engineers have resolved the complexity of a new contemporary art institute that will serve as a gateway to Virginia Commonwealth University.
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