Christopher Scoates
named Director

Christopher Scoates
named Director

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Christopher Scoates. Image courtesy of Cranbrook
Academy of Art.
July 28, 2014
Christopher Scoates named Director

Cranbrook Academy of Art
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The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees announced today that after a comprehensive one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. He begins his tenure August 1, 2014.

Scoates is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography in 1986. Most recently he served as Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. Scoates succeeds Reed Kroloff, who is stepping down after seven years in the position.

“Christopher Scoates has a creative vision and eagerness to embrace new ideology and technology which makes him the ideal choice to provide leadership and management during the next phase of the Academy’s and Museum’s evolution,” said Dominic DiMarco, President of Cranbrook Educational Community. “As the co-founder of ‘5-D: The Immersive Design Conference,’ a national conference focused on progressive film design, narrative media and new technology, he broke new ground in his field. I look forward to working with him on equally innovative projects at Cranbrook.”

Scoates’s appointment comes at a time of near-record enrollment at the Academy, which is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate programs in art, architecture and design in the country. Scoates is a highly regarded curator and writer whose interests encompass contemporary art and technology, design, and experimental sound. In his role at California State University Long Beach, he  created innovative partnerships and programs to help expand the museum’s vision, identity and funding base.

“Christopher’s experience with organizing pioneering exhibitions and conferences holds exciting promise for the future of the Academy and Museum,” said Maxine Frankel, Chair of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors. As part of a gift to the Academy in 2011 from Mrs. Frankel and her husband Stuart, the position was officially renamed the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Scoates has more than 25 years of experience working with artists and educators in traditional university settings and stand-alone art schools.

His projects have included Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, an ambisonic 3D installation of the 1975 album, Metal Machine Music; Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings, an evolving sound and image-scape installation; and Sound Oasis, an outdoor 3D audio environment with 12 sound artists. He is also the author of Brian Eno: Visual Music (2013) and Bullet Proof…I Wish I Was: The Lighting and Stage Design of Andi Watson (2011).

Scoates also curated the notable exhibitions Custom Built: A Twenty Year Survey of Work by Allan Wexler, and LOT-EK: MDU.

“I’m honored to lead such a renowned institution into the future,” said Scoates. “Cranbrook Academy of Art’s rich legacy and history of innovation has made it one of the top institutions of graduate education in the visual and fine arts. Together, the Academy and Museum share a commitment to new art and new ideas, and I look forward to developing new partnerships, alliances, and audiences that will extend both the Academy and Museum programs far beyond the walls of the campus.”


Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in art, architecture and design. Each year, just 150 students study and live on our landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum, and 300 acres of forests, lakes, and streams, all a short drive from the red-hot art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines: Architecture, 2D and 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metals, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is anchored by celebrated Artists- and Designers-in-Residence, one for each discipline, all of whom live and practice on campus alongside our students. For more information, visit us at

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