Museum hires new executive director

  • Jan. 16, 2014 2:00 p.m.

After months of searching, the Haida Gwaii Museum has found its new executive director. On Feb. 12, Scott Marsden, currently of Abbotsford, will start in his new position, said interim director Jennifer Dysart. “We’re excited to welcome Scott and look forward to seeing what his experience and passion will help create at the museum,” said Ms Dysart.Mr. Marsden’s experience is extensive; he has worked at various art institutions across Canada for two decades. He is currently working toward his PhD with the University of Victoria, Faculty of Education. Recently, Mr. Marsden collaborated with the Stó:l? First Nation of the Fraser Valley during his most recent project, Man Turned to Stone: T’xwelátse, at the Reach Gallery in Abbotsford. He’s been curator at Reach for the past five years. Prior to that position, Mr. Marsden was in Whitehorse, employed at the Yukon Arts Centre as gallery director and curator. He was one of eight applicants considered for the position. which was posted in July. Ms Dysart will spend a few weeks with Mr. Marsden upon his arrival, assisting with his transition into the director role at the museum. She has been the interim executive director since Sept. 2012. Long-time executive director Nathalie Mcfarlane left at that time for personal reasons. “I would like to say haawa, thank you, to the search committee and board of directors for all the time and energy that was invested in this process,” said Ms Dysart.

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