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Scottsdale Arts welcomes new staff
Jennifer McCabe is SMoCA’s new curator of contemporary art.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.- Scottsdale Arts has hired two new staff members: Natalie Marsh has joined the organization as its director of education and outreach, and Jennifer McCabe as curator of contemporary art at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Both started their new roles this fall.

Natalie Marsh brings extensive experience as an arts educator and advocate to Scottsdale Arts, where she will lead education and outreach efforts for its three divisions: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, SMoCA and Scottsdale Public Art. The new position represents a key goal of the organization’s strategic plan, which calls for centralizing and strengthening Scottsdale Arts’ diverse educational programming in the performing and visual arts, which reaches more than 40,000 participants of all ages and backgrounds annually.

Marsh most recently served as manager of education and outreach for Calgary’s National Music Centre (NMC), Canada’s newest national cultural organization, where she played a significant role in the facility’s opening and increased the demographics and reach of its programs. Among her duties, Marsh led NMC’s national education mandate to reach learners across Canada through remote, online and traveling education classes and exhibitions.

Marsh also previously served as education and facilities supervisor for The City of Calgary Parks and as school education and distance-learning coordinator for Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, western Canada’s largest museum. She earned her B.F.A. with K–12 education certification from Eastern Michigan University and is currently completing her M.A. in museum studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

“Education and outreach are essential to the mission of Scottsdale Arts,” remarked President and CEO Neale Perl. “Natalie’s broad experience in arts education and commitment to diversity, collaboration and building community-based partnerships will be great assets to our organization as we grow these important initiatives.”

Jennifer McCabe brings an extensive background in contemporary art, education and museum practice to SMoCA. She previously served as executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco, where she developed the institution’s contemporary art program through funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She also held the position of assistant director and development director at the nonprofit New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and has had a successful career as an independent curator.

From emerging artists to mid-career surveys featuring new commissions, public programs and large-scale group shows, McCabe has worked with a wide range of artists, including Randy Colosky, Kota Ezawa, Harrell Fletcher, Maximo Gonzalez, Christina Kim, Tony Labat, Nate Lowman, Clare Rojas, Eduardo Sarabia, Frances Stark, Adrian Paci and Pae White. During her tenure at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, she developed, launched and sustained a nationally recognized public program titled Craft Bar that engaged the institution’s most diverse audiences to date.

Additionally, McCabe has taught modern and contemporary art at Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Mills College and City College of San Francisco. Her published works have appeared in numerous artist catalogs and art journals, including FiberArts Magazine, The Present Group and Panorama Journal. McCabe is currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Arizona State University with a focus on feminist art and public practice. She earned her M.A. in art history from San Francisco State University and B.F.A. in photography from ASU.

“I am delighted to welcome Jennifer to SMoCA,” remarked Director and Chief Curator Sara Cochran. “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our institution, and her voice is an exciting and significant addition to our staff. We all look forward to working with her.”

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