The Red Deer & District Museum Society has announced that Dr. Scott Marsden will be the next Executive Director of the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery.
Dr Marsden holds a doctorate. of the Faculty of Education; Art Education at the University of Victoria, an MFA from York University and an associate from OCAD University. Dr. Marsden brings extensive experience in researching, developing and presenting exhibits that explore community art practices, community narratives and multiple dialogues, as well as diverse and extensive work experience in the use of collaborative approaches to work with artists, art galleries. and museums across Canada.
âAfter extensive research, the Board is delighted to bring an Executive Director with Dr. Marsden’s experience to Red Deer MAG,â said Shelley Odishaw, Chairman of the Board. “As we approach the 50th anniversary of MAG in 2023, we believe that Dr Marsden is the right person to lead us to a bright future.”
The experience of working with various cultural groups and artists exploring cultural perspectives is what drew the board to Dr Marsden. Dr. Marsden was previously Managing Director of the Haida Gwaii Museum (Haida Gwaii, BC), Senior Curator at the Reach Gallery Museum (Abbotsford, BC) and Gallery Director / Curator at the Yukon Arts Center ( Whitehorse, YT). . Scott Marsden recently completed a contract with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center (Yellowknife, NT) as part of the collections program and has been appointed Research Associate at Aurora College.
Dr. Marsden has years of volunteer service, professional affiliation, and service with federal agencies, including: Founding the Specialists in Participatory Art and Engagement, a research and development group focused on artistic practices based on dialogue in art galleries and museums; volunteer with the Yellowknife Community Foundation as a board member; the British Columbia Museum Association as a board member and chair of the awards committee, past chair of the advocacy committee and past co-chair of the conference programming committee; and volunteering with the Association of Art Universities of Canada as a board member, website chair, and strategic planning committees.