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SCOTT COWEN

President Emeritus of Tulane University and author of The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America. He served as Tulane’s 14th president from July 1998 through June 2014 and has been named one of the top college presidents in the nation by Time. Newsweek twice declared Tulane, under his leadership, one of the “Hottest Schools in America.”

Dr. Cowen is the recipient of several national awards, including the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award and the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, as well as honorary degrees from the nation’s top institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Brown University, Yeshiva University, the University of Connecticut, and Case Western Reserve University.

He has been a leader in New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, which inflicted more than $650 million in damages to Tulane alone. He has been widely praised for helping to transform New Orleans’ K-12 public schools and health care system after the storm. For these and other efforts, Dr. Cowen was awarded the Times-Picayune’s Loving Cup, New Orleans CityBusiness named him one of the 30 “Driving Forces” in New Orleans in the last 30 years and he was named New Orleanian of the Year by Gambit.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advised President Barack Obama on the needs of disconnected youth.

Dr. Cowen received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and his master’s and doctorate in business administration from The George Washington University.

Today, Bill serves as President of the Royal Street Guild, and is a member of the Wedgwood Society of New York and Boston, the American Cut Glass Association, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Music Box Society International, the Better Business Bureau, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.

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DR. FIELD OGDEN

Field Ogden is a lifelong New Orleanian. He graduated from Isidore Newman High School and Harvard College.  After Graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, he remained in New Orleans for residency. He has been in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon after completing a fellowship in Charlotte. He shares a lifelong affinity for the visual arts with his wife and four children.

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YLVA ROUSE

Ylva Rouse has been part of the Prospect New Orleans organization since its inception in April of 2007, serving as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs since 2009. Prior to her tenure at Prospect Rouse was Director of the Javier Lopez Gallery Artspace in Madrid, Spain, where she worked with artists such as John M. Armleder, Jenny Holzer, Liam Gillick, and Tatsuo Miyajima.

As Exhibitions Curator at the Reina Sofia National Museum under María de Corral, with a curatorial focus on late 20th century Abstract Art, she oversaw touring exhibitions of Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin and Richard Serra, among many others, while also spearheading a new program for the presentation of local young artists at the Museum. Rouse holds a B.A. in Music and Art and Masters studies in Arts Administration from New York University. She has been active throughout her career both writing, curating and organizing lecture series about art aimed at the general public.

Since her return to New Orleans, where she was born, she has immersed herself in the arts community, serving as advisor and collaborating in multiple and diverse projects and initiatives with local organizations, community centers, and universities.

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BILL RAU

Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art, Bill Rau has worked in the family-owned gallery full-time since he was 21 years old, and part-time since the age of 14. After graduating from the University of Colorado in 1982 with a degree in Business, he returned to his hometown and began a highly successful career as one of the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today. Bill’s extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader has not only brought him success in the antiques business, but accolades from his peers. An avid collector as well an authority in his field, Bill has helped to place several items in museums around the world, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Instituto Ricardo Brennand in Receife, Brazil. He has written numerous articles published in a wide variety of antique journals and is currently publishing a book on 19th century European painting. He has also lectured around the world at museums and events and was the youngest senior member ever accepted to the American Society of Appraisers.

Today, Bill serves as President of the Royal Street Guild, and is a member of the Wedgwood Society of New York and Boston, the American Cut Glass Association, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Music Box Society International, the Better Business Bureau, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.