Thom Collins '88

Thom Collins '88

Thom Collins ’88 is the executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, the world-famous Philadelphia landmark devoted to “the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.”

Among his previous posts, Collins was the director of Miami’s Pérez Art Museum and the director of SUNY Purchase’s Neuberger Museum of Art. He began his curatorial career as the Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A native of the Philadelphia area, Collins is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, and the College Art Association.

He graduated with honors from the College with a degree in art history and from Northwestern University with a master’s in the same subject. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.