Three years after the departure of Lourdes Ramos as director of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) [Puerto Rico Museum of Art], the Board of Trustees of the Museum announced that Marta Mabel Pérez, “artist, Puerto Rican cultural curator, and manager has been designated as the new Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Museum of Art.” She had served as acting director since 2017. Javier Martínez (Autogiro) writes:
“Last year, a call to select a person to the institution’s management was published in the media, but the result of this recruitment process was not reported until now that Mabel Pérez’s selection has been confirmed. We congratulate her heartily on her new designation (which she had already fulfilled as interim director), although it is unfortunate that the board decided to postpone the appointment for this long, even though Pérez has taken over the “direction” and activities of the Museum since 2017.”
The president of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) [Puerto Rico Museum of Art] Arturo García Solá, Esq., announced that the Puerto Rican artist, curator and cultural manager Marta Mabel Pérez has been designated as new Executive Director the Puerto Rico Museum of Art. After just over two years as acting director of the Institution and great achievements to her credit during this time, the Board of Trustees announced the official appointment during the annual MAPR sponsors event recently held at the Museum.
Marta Mabel said, “I enthusiastically receive the opportunity to continue serving my country through this appointment as executive director of the Puerto Rico Museum of Art, the only one dedicated to collecting Puerto Rican art. I reiterate my commitment to the conservation, study, and dissemination of the collection of art that the Museum houses—patrimony of all Puerto Ricans, both those living on the island and those located anywhere else in the world. We will strengthen existing alliances and establish new ones to achieve a greater exposure of Puerto Rican art and artists internationally. Likewise, we will continue to strengthen ties with the communities we serve, facilitating experiences through art, so that they are enriching and beneficial for their lives and for our society.”
Marta Mabel has been part of the MAPR team since 2005, when she founded and managed for 12 years the innovative Artist Assistance Program [Programa de Asistencia al Artista (PROA)] a liaison project with the artistic community of Puerto Rico, unique in its class. During Marta Mabel’s service as interim director, the MAPR obtained important grants for art conservation and exhibition development such as The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bank of America Conservation Art Project, and she inaugurated the Museum’s new permanent exhibition entitled Puerto Rico Plural, among other relevant projects. Furthermore, Marta Mabel and the Museum team became recipients of the Chair’s Leadership Award 2019, an important award granted by the American Alliance of Museums, which is not awarded annually, but rather is reserved for exceptional cases of outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements in the field of museums. This prize was awarded in recognition of their heritage rescue work during the emergency posed by hurricanes Irma and María in 2017.
Post translated by Ivette Romero. For original article (in Spanish), see https://autogiro.cronicaurbana.com/es/mapr-nombra-directora-ejecutiva/