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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 5:52 pm | Updated: 11:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art will be resigning from her position at the Scottsdale museum this October.

The departure of Krane, who is leaving to become executive director of the San Jose Museum of Art in California, is the second soon-to-be vacated executive art post announced in Scottsdale in the last few days.

Last week, Kathy Hotchner, the long-time director of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, said she will be stepping down from her position at the center and as vice president of the Scottsdale Cultural Council at the end of this summer.

Bill Banchs, CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, said he learned of Krane’s decision last week and praised her seven years of service to the museum.

“Susan is extremely bright and knowledgeable and highly regarded professionally in her field,” Banchs said on Tuesday.

“She has done a great deal in elevating the stature of SMoCA on a national and international level,” Banchs added.

Banchs said Krane will stay on until the first week of October, to oversee the opening of the museum’s “Flip A Strip,” exhibition, which will showcase new design visions for small-scale suburban strip shopping plazas.

Banchs said a national search is expected to be launched soon to find replacements for Hotchner and Krane.

In the meantime, Banchs said the Scottsdale Cultural Council will meet to discuss possible candidates to serve as interim director of both SMoCA and the center.

Requests for comment from Krane, who was out of town on Tuesday, went unanswered.

Krane was quoted in Tuesday’s San Jose Mercury News as saying, “I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead the San Jose Museum of Art and to build upon the many successful programs that have established the museum’s prominence as a creative place that serves both the audiences and artists.”

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