Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Adds New Leadership


The Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum has announced new leadership at the institution.

Andrew Blauvelt has been named the new director of the Cranbrook Art Museum and Scott Winter has been named the new director of development of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

Blauvelt a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Design Department, was most recently the senior curator, design, research, and publishing, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He served as the center’s chief of communications and audience engagement overseeing the design, marketing, public relations, education, and new media departments and the development of its online publishing initiatives, including its award-winning website and online collections research catalogue. Previously, he served as the Walker’s design director and curator, developing and overseeing the brand identity of the organization and organizing touring exhibitions.

A practicing graphic designer for more than 20 years, Blavelt’s work has received more than 100 design awards, including several nominations for the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation and the National Design Awards in Communications Design.

Winter comes to Cranbrook with more than 25 years of fundraising experience. Most recently, he was development director at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Previously he served as director of the annual fund at the Walker Art Center where he managed individual giving and donor cultivation, oversaw and grew the membership program, and created the museum’s first new acquisitions fund in more than 30 years. 

He developed many of the museum’s signature programs such as its popular Walker After Hours and its annual summer concert, Rock the Garden, boosting museum membership, increasing earned revenue, and enhancing community engagement.