Jonathan Fairbanks, an American art and antiques scholar, has been named the director the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.

Fairbanks had previously founded the American Decorative Arts and Sculpture department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and served as the department's curator from 1970-1999. He expanded the institution's contemporary craft holdings of furniture, ceramics, glass and fiber during his tenure.

More recently he served as vice president of research at Artfact.com, an online art auction and database company.

The 43-year-old Fuller collection includes over 500 pieces. A show featuring glass artist Dan Dailey opens Feb. 18.