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SMFA Announces New President, Chris Bratton Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and the board of governors of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), are pleased to announce that Christopher Bratton, former president and chief executive officer at San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), has been named the new president of the SMFA and deputy director of the MFA. He will assume responsibilities July 1, 2010.

In his position of SMFA president and MFA deputy director, Bratton will be creating sustainable strategies to ensure the long-term viability of the School. This will include continuing to attract groundbreaking artists from around the world, conceptualizing innovative and distinctive programs that continue to enhance the value of an SMFA education and strengthening partnerships between the School and the MFA.

Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, says, "I am delighted to have Chris on board to invigorate the connection between the Museum and the School and to work on exciting initiatives for the future."

During his tenure at SFAI, Bratton revitalized the college by initiating new curricula, creating new schools within the college and diversifying funding and supporters. Bratton also increased the college's global visibility with international partnerships with China, Mexico, Korea, France and Russia. Prior to helming SFAI, Bratton was a key part of the academic, then administrative team at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he served as chair of the department of video (1993–1995, 1997–2000), chair of the department of film, video and new media (2000–2002) and dean of undergraduate studies (2002–2004). His academic appointments include assistant professor, associate professor and professor at SAIC and visiting professor at Brown University.

SMFA Board of Governors Chair Katherine R. Kirk says, "Chris Bratton brings experience as a leader, a collaborator and a working artist to the presidency of the SMFA. We look forward to welcoming him to the Museum School which has such an important history and such a promising future. As he prepares to take on his new role, I want to again thank Dr. Deborah H. Dluhy for her significant contributions and extraordinary dedication to the school over the past thirty years."

Bratton is the co-founder of Video Machete, a community-based youth organizing project. Working with a diverse range of young people in Chicago, Video Machete became a widely studied model for innovative media and technology-based arts education with an emphasis on civic dialogue. As a practicing media artist, these types of collaborative new media projects have influenced Bratton's role as an educator and administrator.

Bratton says, "I'm honored to become the president of the SMFA, one of the country's most prestigious colleges of contemporary art, and join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the country's great cultural institutions. The School and the Museum have a partnership that I believe can develop some extremely exciting and innovative opportunities for both our students and the greater Boston community."

Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of only three art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Its mission is to provide an education in the fine arts that is interdisciplinary and self-directed for motivated artists. SMFA graduates are pioneers who help shape the future of contemporary art. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit www.smfa.edu.