Christopher A. Yates, MFA, is the Associate Director at the Graham Gund Gallery at Kenyon College. He directs the Gund Associates (52 museum interns) program and oversees a range of curatorial, education and communication initiatives. Until recently, he was associate professor and director of foundation studies and first-year experience (CORE Studio) at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD). In this capacity, he was charged with redesigning, implementing and managing the college’s foundation/first-year curriculum taught by 9 full-time and 25 adjunct faculty through 30-40 courses for between 300-400 students each year. In the early-mid 2000s, he served as a staff member of CCAD’s inaugural exhibitions program, helping to organize, design and install over 50 exhibitions. For many years, Chris taught senior fine arts exercises and managed the thesis gallery program; a curriculum and teaching role that gave him the opportunity to mentor numerous students and the development of their senior exhibitions. Chris also taught a range of studio courses, including color theory, design projects and strategies, contemporary practice, drawing, printmaking, 2-D design, honors and other courses from 1999-2015. He has published and presented research on studio art teaching and curriculum design and is an award-winning independent art critic and artist, writing and exhibiting throughout the region. He holds a BFA in fine arts, CCAD; MFA in studio arts, State University of New York, Stony Brook; and a MLS in archives, rare books, and art librarianship, Kent State University.