Elyse A. Gonzales (CCL 2017) Appointed Director of the Recently-Opened Ruby City in San Antonio

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Elyse A. Gonzales (CCL 2017) has been named Director of Ruby City, the contemporary art center that opened in October 2019. Ruby City houses the collection of the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace in a David Adjaye-designed building in San Antonio, Texas.

Gonzales joins Ruby City from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum, where she has worked since 2008 as curator of exhibitions, assistant director, and, most recently, acting director. While at UC Santa Barbara, Gonzales curated Suzanne Lacy & Pablo Helguera (2017)The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art (2012)Starting Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB (2014)Peake/Picasso (2013); and Shana Lutker, Anna Sew Hoy, and Brenna Youngblood: CB08, the California Biennial (2008). Prior to working at the AD&A Museum, Gonzales was Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (2001-2008) and Special Projects Assistant at the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA (2000-2001). 

In the announcement, Gonzales commented, “I am honored to be a part of Ruby City, and to help drive forward Linda’s mission of a world-class contemporary art center in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. This collection—every piece of which represents a part of Linda herself—is unparalleled, and I am eager to work with the staff and trustees to ensure that her knowledge, curiosity, and humor continue to be shared both locally and globally.”

Congratulations Elyse! Read more about her new appointment here.