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.”