the BARNES FOUNDATION featured in our third VIRTUAL lecture-

with THOMAS COLLINS, their Neubauer Family Executive Director & President. He presented a lecture entitled, “The Enduring Influence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes” on January 27, 2020.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Collins is an innovative educator and accomplished art historian, with more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions.

Mr. Collins earned his MA in Art History from Northwestern University and BA with honors in Art History and History of Religion from Swarthmore College.

He began his career as a Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 1994-1997.  From 1998-2000 he was associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington.  He held the chief curator position at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2000-2003 and the Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland 2003-2005.  He served five years as Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York.  Prior to joining the Barnes Foundation, Mr. Collins spent five years as Director of the Perez Art Museum in Miami, Florida.

He currently holds membership in the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association. 

We were thrilled to have him join us, virtually, from Pennsylvania.