The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) just announced the appointment of Shannon Stratton to the position of Chief Curator, effective June 2015.
“Shannon brings a bold curatorial vision to MAD, combining energetic new thinking with leadership skills honed over twelve years as the founder of a non-profit art space,” said chairman of MAD’s board, Lewis Kruger. “Working directly and creatively with artists, she has created and led an esteemed platform for contemporary art in Chicago, where singular exhibitions and thoughtful public programs intersect and enhance each other in thought-provoking ways.”
Shannon Stratton, left. Museum of Art and Design, right.
Stratton, who spent spent 12 years as founder and executive director of the Chicago-based contemporary arts organization Threewalls, will work with director Glenn Adamson overseeing the exhibition program and collections, fostering relationships with artists and designers and developing new strategies for audience engagement.
“Over the museum’s 60-year history, our institution has consistently been a platform for adventurous new ideas in art and design, particularly those fueled by skillful making,” said Adamson. “Given her deep investment in craft, and open-minded, dynamic engagement with contemporary artists and designers of all kinds, Shannon is the perfect person to carry on this legacy.”
Stratton is also the co-founder of Hand-in-Glove and Common Field, and an independent curator.
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