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Life and Work with Rosa Langley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosa Langley.

Rosa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from California, where I earned bachelor’s degrees in World Arts and Cultures and Art History at UCLA. I was interested in museums, and continued my education with a Master’s in Visual Arts Administration at NYU. During my time as a graduate student, I decided to pursue fundraising work specifically; it makes a true impact for nonprofits and fuels their ability to fulfill their missions. After graduation, I returned to California and worked in the advancement division at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. In 2015 I was hired as the Director of Development for Dallas Contemporary, which is in the Design District. My current position provides opportunities to engage with artists and patrons, and to connect to the contemporary art scene as it grows and evolves here in Dallas.

Has it been a smooth road?
I was able to reach the position I’m in currently through many years of hard work. When you are young, it is helpful to remember that if you are the best you can be at your job, your career will evolve and move forward. It may not happen overnight. When you are an intern or starting out, you may be given repetitive tasks or feel like you are not being given major responsibilities. However, if you exhibit passion and think strategically, your career opportunities will become more substantive and interesting later on. It’s important to remember that your first few years in any career path are often a time of learning, skill building, and laying a foundation for the future.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Dallas Contemporary – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I supervise fundraising for Dallas Contemporary, which includes individual giving, corporate sponsorships, membership, and grants. We provide unique experiences for our donors such as customized benefits and events they wouldn’t find elsewhere. A major perk for our supporters is the opportunity to spend time with the exhibiting artists who come to Dallas for the openings of their shows; our patrons really enjoy this.

As a museum, Dallas Contemporary is special in a number of ways. It shows local, national, and international artists throughout the year and brings their work into focus within a global art conversation. A variety of media are represented; sculpture, video, paintings, installation art, design, fashion – or a combination. Often, artists will create brand new pieces to show at DC that have never been seen before. The museum is non-collecting, so it exhibits temporary shows only. There is always something new to see! DC never takes traveling shows and always organizes its own installations. These factors, combined with a brilliant curatorial team that balances sophisticated, poignant and playful presentations, and a very strong education program, make Dallas Contemporary unique in the metroplex.

Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
I believe women and men should be encouraged to pursue whatever fields excite them, and what they are good at and interested in, without regard to gender. The arts are a great arena for women to excel in and assume high level positions in. The next frontier is for a greater number of women to assume the top leadership positions at non-profits, which has begun happening more and more in recent years.


  • Admission to Dallas Contemporary: Free ($5 suggested donation)
  • Memberships start at $35 for students/artists and $60 for individuals

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Thomas Garza, Bruno, Daniel Gonzalez, Zac Cobos

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