Scott Marsden is the new executive-director of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. (Contributed photo).

Scott Marsden is the new executive-director of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery. (Contributed photo).

New director hired for Red Deer museum

The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery has a new executive-director.

Scott Marsden will replace former director Lorna Johnson, who retired.

Marsden holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education; Art Education at the University of Victoria, an M.F.A. from York University and is an Associate of the OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design).

Marsden brings a wide range of experience in researching, developing and presenting exhibitions that explore community-based art practices, community narratives and diverse cultural dialogues as well as diverse, wide-ranging work experience in utilizing collaborative approaches in working with artists, art galleries and museums across Canada.

“After an extensive search, the board is excited to be bringing an executive director with Dr. Marsden’s experience to the Red Deer MAG,” said Shelley Odishaw, board president.

“As we are approaching the MAG’s 50th anniversary in 2023, we feel that Dr. Marsden is the right person to lead us into a bright future.”

Marsden formerly served as the executive director at the Haida Gwaii Museum (Haida Gwaii, BC), the first curator at The Reach Gallery Museum (Abbotsford, BC) and the gallery director/curator at the Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse, YT). He recently finished a contract with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (Yellowknife, NT) in the Collections Program and was appointed a research associate at Aurora College.

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