Christopher Scoates
Ryan Debolski Christopher Scoates

Following four years working as the director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, Christopher Scoates will be leaving the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., institution for New York's Museum of Arts and Design. Beginning July 1, Scoates will fill the museum's director spot vacated by Jorge Daniel Veneciano last year, according to The New York Times. "Returning to Cranbrook has been an incredible opportunity for me,” Scoates said in a Cranbrook press release. “I have enjoyed my time working with Artists-in-Residence, students, and seeing the new work that emerges from their studios daily. But I’m excited to move to the city and get back to my true passion of being a museum director." (Scoates earned a master's degree in photography from Cranbrook.)