Following a one-year search, the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum has named Christopher Scoates its director. He succeeds Reed Kroloff, who resigned after seven years in the position.
Scoates, a Cranbrook graduate, most recently served as director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. During his tenure, he created partnerships and programs to help expand the museum’s vision, identity, and funding base.
Scoates’ work crosses multiple disciplines, including fine art, new media, television, and pop culture. His projects include Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe and Sound Oasis, an outdoor 3D audio environment with 12 sound artists. Scoates also is the co-founder of 5-D: The Immersive Design Conference, which focuses on progressive film design, narrative media, and new technology.
Additionally, Scoates has curated a number of notable exhibitions, such as Custom Built: A Twenty Year Survey of Work by Allan Wexler. He is the author of Brian Eno: Visual Music (2013) and Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was: The Lighting and Stage Design of Andi Watson (2011).
“Christopher Scoates has a creative vision and eagerness to embrace new ideology and technology which make him the ideal choice to provide leadership and management during the next phase of the academy’s and museum’s evolution,” Dominic DiMarco, president of Cranbrook Educational Community, said in a statement.