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Richmond Art Gallery names new director

Rachel Lafo (left) is Richmond Art Gallery’s new director. Lafo fills job vacated by Lynn Beavis. - Photographic Resource Center photo
Rachel Lafo (left) is Richmond Art Gallery’s new director. Lafo fills job vacated by Lynn Beavis.
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Rachel Rosenfield Lafo is Richmond Art Gallery’s new director, the gallery announced in a news release this week.

Lafo is Richmond Art Gallery’s fifth director in six years. Her predecessor is Lynn Beavis who started in March 2009 and recently left her post.

According to the news release, Lafo has many years of experience as a museum administrator and curator, most recently as director of curatorial affairs at the DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, Mass. Before that she served as associate curator at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.

Lafo holds a master of arts in art history from the University of Massachusetts with areas of expertise in contemporary art and public art. She moved to Vancouver in 2009.

“I am excited to join the outstanding team at the Richmond Art Gallery, who have implemented an impressive series of exhibitions and educational programs,” said Lafo in a statement. “I look forward to working with the (art gallery) board, becoming involved in the community, and working closely with gallery staff, artists, collectors, supporters and colleagues in Metro Vancouver and beyond.”

The Richmond Art Gallery is owned by the City of Richmond and stages several art exhibitions each year at its Richmond Cultural Centre location.

Remuneration for the director position is between $68,395 and $80,826, according to the job posting, which expired Dec. 2, 2012.

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