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Susan Krane stepping down as Executive Director of the San Jose Museum of Art
Krane will leave the Museum with the ambitious strategic plan launched in 2010 completed.


SAN JOSE, CA.- The San Jose Museum of Art announced that Susan Krane will step down as Oshman Executive Director on January 31, 2017. Krane, who joined SJMA in 2008, will be focusing on several personal research and writing projects, including her longstanding interest in creative modes of community engagement in contemporary art museums. Krane will leave the Museum with the ambitious strategic plan launched in 2010 completed, a stable financial base, and a strong staff in place. SJMA will seek new leadership to drive the next strategic plan for the institution.

“The board is very grateful to Susan for the tremendous accomplishments the Museum has achieved during her tenure,” said Hildy Shandell, president of SJMA’s board of trustees of SJMA. “Susan joined SJMA as the great recession hit in 2008. During a challenging time for arts institutions, her fiscal discipline helped keep the Museum financially sound, while—even in lean times—enabling the Museum to creatively expand its public programming, grow the permanent collection in both size and stature, and present ambitious exhibitions that reflect the diversity, intelligence, and excitement of the Silicon Valley community.”

Under Krane’s leadership, SJMA co-organized nationally touring exhibitions including the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of Leo Villareal in 2010(curated by JoAnne Northrup; catalogue published by Hatje Cantz); Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting in 2012(co-curated by Harry Philbrick and Jodi Throckmorton; catalogue published by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts); Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India in 2015 (curated by Jodi Throckmorton; catalogue published by University of California Press), and the critically acclaimed Border Cantos: Richard Misrach | Guillermo Galindo (curated by Rory Padeken), named one of the top ten art events of 2016 by the Mercury News.In recent years, SJMA presented exhibitions that represent the diversity of San Jose and Silicon Valley. For example, the exhibition series “New Stories from the Edge of Asia,” launched in 2010, featured work by artists from Pacific Rim countries and cultures who push the boundaries of narrative using experimental animation, video, film, gaming, and interactive technologies. The most recent exhibition in that series, Tabaimo: Her Room (2016, curated by Rory Padeken), was the first major US museum exhibition devoted to the acclaimed Japanese artist.

Krane has curated several exhibitions at SJMA, including Your Mind, This Moment, art and the practice of meditation, an experimental exhibition that brings together the increasingly popular interest in mindfulness practices with the process of looking at art. Your Mind This Moment will be on view at SJMA February 17 – August 27, 2017.

SJMA is also the leading provider of arts education in Santa Clara County, serving more than 44,000 schoolchildren each year. During Krane’s tenure the Museum launched its award-winning, flagship STEAM education program Sowing Creativity.
Susan Sayre Batton, deputy director of curatorial affairs, will serve as interim director while a nationwide search for a new executive director is conducted.






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