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."
"As a curator you feel like there's a different sense of impact on the community," Ross says. "That's something I really take to heart, and something I'll be bring to Richmond."
Ross will start in October, serving under Director Lisa Freiman, who's been in her post for more than a year. Ross says they're already working on the opening program for the institute, which broke ground in June at the corner of Belvidere and West Broad streets.
"We've been talking about how eclectic it should be," she says. "There may be names that are recognizable, and names people are seeing for the first time."