A Philadelphia native, Dr. Albert Barnes was an American chemist, businessman, art collector, writer, and educator. He established the Barnes Foundation in 1922 to, in his words, “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” That mission actively continues to this day, with the Neubauer Family Executive Director and President Thom Collins, also a Philadelphia native. An innovative educator and accomplished art historian, administrator and author, he has more than 20 years of experience at some of America’s top arts institutions, including the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York; the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati; the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Thom earned his MA in art history from Northwestern University and his BA with honors in art history and the history of religion from Swarthmore College. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Swarthmore College and is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association.
The current fascinating exhibit, “From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France,” continues until May 12, 2019.
Photo credits: Photo of Neubauer Family Executive Director and President Thom Collins by Michael Perez. Photos © the Barnes Foundation, 2015.