Rebecca Salter is the first woman to be elected President of the Royal Academy since it was founded in 1768.
The Royal Academy of Arts has announced Rebecca Salter has been elected the 27th President of the Royal Academy. She succeeds Christopher Le Brun PPRA who has stepped down after serving eight years in the role.
Salter was elected by her fellow Royal Academicians at a General Assembly meeting. Her appointment has received formal approval from Her Majesty The Queen. Salter is the first female President in the Royal Academy’s 251-year history.
Rebecca Salter PRA was elected Royal Academician in 2014 in the category of Printmaker. In 2017 she became Keeper of the Royal Academy with the responsibility of guiding the RA Schools.
Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy said: “I am so honoured to have been elected President of the Royal Academy. The RA is unique, a place shaped by artists and architects. Its exhibitions are world-class and we teach the artists of the future in the RA Schools. This is a tremendously exciting time to become President following the recent 250th anniversary expansion. I look forward to working with my fellow Academicians, our staff and our many supporters to help the RA to evolve while keeping art, architecture and debate at the heart of what we do.”
Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy said: “I am delighted that Rebecca Salter is the new President of the Royal Academy. With a long career as a respected artist, and an in-depth knowledge of the Royal Academy through her position as Keeper, Rebecca will bring a wealth of experience to the role. I look forward to working with her.”