The City of Richmond and the Board of Directors for the Richmond Art Gallery Association welcomed Rachel Rosenfield Lafo as the new director of the Richmond Art Gallery, effective February 12, 2013.
Lafo's many years of experience as a museum administrator and curator include a position as director of curatorial affairs at the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and as associate curator at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.
Since moving to Vancouver in 2009, Lafo has worked at an independent curator, arts writer, lecturer, and public art tour leader, guest curating and teaching classes at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is president of Vancouver's Contemporary Art Society and has also served as chair of the City of Vancouver Public Art Committee.
"I am excited to join the outstanding team at the Richmond Art Gallery, who have implemented an impressive series of exhibitions and educational programs," says Lafo, in a release issued by the Richmond Art Gallery earlier this month. "I look forward to working with the RAGA Board, becoming involved in the community, and working closely with Gallery staff, artists, collectors, supporters, and colleagues in Metro Vancouver and beyond."
The Richmond Art Gallery is owned by the City of Richmond and is supported by the Richmond Art Gallery Association.