Ronald C. Nelson was appointed Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art in February 2007, where he oversees an annual budget of $3.5 million. His position is responsible for day to day operations as well as the long term planning, financial direction, and artistic programming of the Museum.
With experience as both a Curator and an Art Historian, Ron has an in-depth knowledge of early California art as well as contemporary art and culture. He is an avid art collector, with a deep appreciation of cultural art, artifact, and historically significant design. A decade of owning and operating a contemporary art gallery in Southern California has given Ron an expanded curatorial role in a number of important private Southern California collections focusing on works by early Southern Californian artists, in many media including sculpture, ceramics, decorative arts, antiques, and furnishings.
Ron has been a resident of Long Beach for the past 25 years and lives in Belmont Heights. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest and attended the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and Art History.