Andrea Andersson, will take over as visual arts curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in January 2015.

Andrea Andersson, an independent curator who focuses on interdisciplinary and contemporary art, has been appointed chief curator of visual arts by the Contemporary Arts Center, the CAC announced Thursday.

A native New Orleanian, Andersson, 36, will return to New Orleans from New York, where she has been since 2001.

“We are pleased to welcome a curator of Andrea’s skill and intelligence to the CAC family,” CAC director and CEO Neil Barclay said in a statement. “To have her join us at such a critical time in our re-imagining of the seminal role that the CAC has played in the development of the appetite for contemporary art in New Orleans is a timely blessing.”

Andersson has organized and toured exhibitions across North America to museums in Denver, Toronto and Portland, Ore.

A graduate of Stanford and Columbia universities, she has taught at NYU and Barnard College.

Andersson will take the reins in January, the CAC said.

“As a native of New Orleans, I assume this position with great pride of place, but also with a sense of responsibility,” she said in a statement. ““I return to this city at an important moment in the history of its visual arts.”