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Brooke Davis Anderson Departs Prospect New Orleans for Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts




After four years as the executive director of the Prospect New Orleans triennial, Brooke Davis Anderson will step down from her position at the end of the month to become director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Ylva Rouse, currently the deputy director of curatorial affairs at Prospect, will become the triennial’s interim director while it searches for Anderson’s replacement.

During Anderson’s tenure as executive director, Prospect shifted from a biennial to a triennial. She oversaw the development Prospect.3 in 2015, which was met with critical acclaim and was seen by some 100,000 people. She has also held positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Henry Darger Center at the American Folk Art Museum.

The previous director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts was Harry Philbrick, who stepped down in January 2016 and now works on a nonprofit venture devoted to performance and other forms of contemporary art.

“What an extraordinary opportunity it has been to lead Prospect New Orleans for the last four years,” Anderson said in a statement. “I have given all of my time and energy to PNO, and what I will cherish most about this fulfilling and gratifying experience are the relationships with our devoted board, hardworking staff, countless partners, and numerous supporters in the singular city of New Orleans and beyond.”

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