Friday, May 28, 2010
Roxana Velásquez Martínez del Campo is the new executive director of the San Diego Museum of Art. She is the first female director in the institution's 84-year history.
Velásquez was born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico and has held various leadership roles at three major national museums in Mexico City.
Most recently, she was the director of the prestigious Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Her previous posts as director include the Museo Nacional de San Carlos and the Museo National de Arte.
Velásquez helped organize highly successful international exhibitions like "Rubens and his Century," "Victorian Era," "Goya," "Frida Kahlo Centennial," and "Illusions of the Middle East from Delacroix to Moreau." According to the press release, "all of which brought record exhibition attendance ranging from 350,000 to half a million in a two to four month timeframe."
Dr. Ken Widder, President of the Board of Trustees of The San Diego Museum of Art, said in a press release: “Roxana brings to the Museum an impeccable ability to manage all facets of a major arts institution, a strong network within the global art community, and a cross-border cultural perspective."
Velásquez will take over the post this fall.