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Randall Suffolk

Rand Suffolk

Randall Suffolk became the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., Director of the High Museum of Art in November 2015. Prior to this appointment, Suffolk served as Director/President of the Philbrook Museum of Art (2007-2015). While there, he championed the Museum’s renewed commitment to community engagement. These efforts led to the reinstallation of 75% of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries; a 22% increase in membership; a 63% increase in attendance; and a dramatic change in visitor demographics – including five consecutive years with minority participation over 40% of total attendance. In addition, Suffolk was instrumental in leading the development and opening of Philbrook Downtown (2013) – a 30,000 sq. ft. satellite facility that enhanced Philbrook’s presence in the community and region. During his tenure, Philbrook added over 2700 works of art, representing 24% of the Museum’s permanent collection.

From 1999-2007, Suffolk was the director of The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York. Suffolk’s focus included building constituency (attendance increased 65% and membership increased 41%); overseeing a museum expansion that tripled space dedicated to art and general storage, conservation, fabrication and staging; as well as guiding the award-winning restoration of historic Hyde House. He has curated over twenty-five exhibitions, and has served as a juror, panel member, or guest lecturer for a variety of art-related organizations and programs. He has also served on the boards of numerous community and statewide non-profit organizations. Suffolk earned a BA in English from Connecticut College, a MA in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University, and a MA in Art History from Bryn Mawr College.