sfai news

May 11, 2010

SFAI President Chris Bratton Accepts Appointment in Boston

SFAI President Chris Bratton has accepted a dual position as Deputy Director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and President of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. President Bratton’s resignation will be effective Summer 2010.

During his six-and-a-half-year tenure at SFAI, President Bratton presided over a series of groundbreaking initiatives, most importantly, the expansion of SFAI’s curricular architecture into its current form: the crossdisciplinary twin pillars of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and the School of Studio Practice. He established a period of innovation and consolidation that included the implementation of new academic degree programs and institutional partnerships, as well as the growth and expansion of an internationally significant exhibition program.

Over the course of his tenure, President Bratton secured new sources of funding to create SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Series, one of the most significant lecture and fellowship series in higher education today. In addition, he initiated a series of regional and international partnerships that greatly expanded institutional reach, including City Studio, SFAI’s project for Bay Area youth, as well as many exchanges with prestigious institutions of higher education in Mexico, China, Russia, and France—many underwritten by new foundation and government support. In fact, under President Bratton’s leadership, SFAI definitively turned a corner through a strategic restructuring of its operations, putting in place long-term sustainable financial structures.

“It has been a privilege to lead SFAI for the past six and a half years, and to work closely with its many committed supporters. I am proud of what we accomplished and know that SFAI now has significant momentum to go forward into a new and vital future,” said President Bratton. “I am grateful to my many colleagues, including board members, faculty, and staff, so many of whom have shown enormous commitment and perseverance. Most of all, I am grateful for the students of the San Francisco Art Institute, whose vital work serves to remind us of our responsibility as stewards of this great institution—to nurture the next generation of influential talent.”

Prior to joining SFAI, President Bratton served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of Film, Video, and New Media and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. President Bratton is a recognized leader in arts and media education with a long record of working with multiple institutions and constituencies, including those in higher education, K-12 public schools, and community organizations.