John B. Ravenal, the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been selected as the new executive director of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He takes the place of Dennis Kois, who announced his resignation in February to become president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Ravenal starts in the new job in mid January.
Ravenal has been with the VMFA for 16 years, during which time he held the position of president of the Association of Art Museum Curators. Prior to that he served as associate curator of 20th-century art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and worked at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.
“The board is thrilled to have a leader of John’s caliber at this time in deCordova’s history,” Gerry Frank, the chair of the museum’s board, said in a statement released to press. “John’s vision for the future of our institution coupled with his intelligence and creativity will be a great addition to the Boston arts community and the field of contemporary art.”