The Board of Trustees of Prospect New Orleans announced today that Nick Stillman, current President & CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans, will be the new Executive Director, of Prospect New Orleans, effective April 2, 2018. Ylva Rouse, previously Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, stepped in as Interim Director in March 2017, while the organization conducted a national search for a new Executive Director following the departure of Brooke Davis Anderson. The board unanimously selected Stillman from a field of highly qualified national and international candidates.
“Nick brings to Prospect a depth of experience in arts administration matched with a strong background in contemporary art curation and critical writing,” said Christopher J. Alfieri, incoming President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prospect New Orleans. “Nick’s existing relationships with many of Prospect’s funders and community partners will benefit him significantly in his new role. We appreciate his commitment to New Orleans and look forward to working with him to fulfill Prospect’s mission of showing the best work of diverse international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues throughout the city.”
Stillman has served as President & CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans since 2016 where he worked with staff and board to lead the restructuring of the city’s arts agency and steward a series of initiatives including LUNA Fête, the Arts Council’s contemporary art and technology festival, and enabling artists to impact public space in innovative ways.
“I’m incredibly honored and excited to join Prospect New Orleans,” Stillman said. “This is a unique opportunity to merge my background in contemporary art with my executive and financial experience at the Arts Council. I’m excited to begin working with Prospect’s staff, board and Artistic Director to situate artist projects in public and private space, build trust and relationships locally, and approach all initiatives with a collaborative spirit.”