Dr. Monica Ramirez-Montagut is the director for the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. Previous positions include: Director of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Director at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; Senior Curator for the San Jose Museum of Art in Silicon Valley, California; Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Assistant Curator at Solomon Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. Throughout her extensive career, her approach to art is known for being both publicly engaged and socially conscious. An example is her 2019 groundbreaking exhibition Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of America featuring the stories of 30 formerly incarcerated women of Louisiana.
Ramirez-Montagut received an architecture degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. in theory and history of architecture from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. In 2020, Ramirez-Montagut joined the Board of Trustees of the U.S. International Council for Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors. She was one of the panelists of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that selected artist Simone Leigh to represent the U.S. in the 59th Venice Biennale where Leigh received the Golden Lion award.