People To Watch Class of 2015
Photographed by Jeffery Johnston
Museum Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
Monica Ramirez-Montagut lives for those moments when she can witness and be a part of an artist’s realization of a unique vision.
“The absolute best part of my job is installing exhibitions and doing studio visits,” she says. “All the administrative work I do is for those inspirational moments with artists. I am always in awe of their dedication and conviction.”
Since stepping into her position last year, Ramirez-Montagut has led the effort to create a strategic plan, add the word “museum” to the organization’s name in order to better represent what they do, design a new brand and launch a dynamic new website.
She also had to adjust to the city’s unique lifestyle, mainly by introducing the concept of moderation into her daily life.
“The long term goal for the Newcomb Art Museum is to become an important and familiar destination for all New Orleanians while simultaneously garnering national recognition for our contributions to the field of art,” she says. “Until then, my major accomplishments include launching artists’ careers by giving them their first museum exhibition or the first publication of their work and providing visitors with exhibitions they enjoy and that elicit an ‘aha!’ moment when art reveals something new or different, and they get to take that experience back home.”