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Christopher Scoates Appointed New MAD Director

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announced the appointment of Christopher Scoates as the next Nanette L. Laitman Director. Currently serving as the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Scoates will stay in that role through the end of the academic year. He will join MAD on July 1, 2018.

A museum director, educator, curator, and writer, Christopher Scoates has served for four years as director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, where he developed an experimental media division, identified new artists and designers to lead the academy’s programs, recruited diverse board leadership, spearheaded fundraising efforts, and secured significant gifts, raising Cranbrook’s profile both in the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining Cranbrook, Scoates served as director of the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach (2005–2014); as chief curator of the University Museum of the University of California, Santa Barbara, between 2002 and 2005, during which time he also spent a year as Acting Director; and as director of the Atlanta College of Art Gallery (1993–2000). In addition to his roles in arts administration, Scoates is the founder and co-director of 5D: The Immersive Design Conference, an international conference that explores the profound impact of rapidly changing technologies on design for narrative media.

A native of Andover, England, Scoates is an alumnus of the Getty Leadership Institute. He holds an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida. 

| Posted 18 Mar 29

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