Philbrook Museum of Art Names New Director

The Philbrook Museum of Art’s board of trustees has announced that Scott Stulen, curator of audience experiences and performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, has been appointed director. Stulen succeeds Rand Suffolk, who joined Atlanta’s High Museum of Art last fall. Stulen will take up the position in August.

Bill Thomas, chair of Philbrook’s board, said, “Not only is he regarded as one of the nation’s rising stars in art museum management, but he shares the Philbrook philosophy of an art museum’s role in society, which is to be open, community-centric, and inspirational.”

During Stulen’s tenure at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, he launched more than 125 new programs, including Family Days, Artist Designed Mini Golf, and Avant Brunch, and tripled the institution’s attendance. He also helped secure $1 million in funding to support ARTx, a research and development initiative. From 2008 to 2014, Stulen served as a project director and the director of the McKnight artist fellowship for photographers at the Walker Art Center. He is also known for creating the first Internet Cat Video Festival while at the Walker. The event attracted more than ten thousand people to the museum for the 2012 inaugural festival, an “offline celebration of online cat videos.” The program has been screened in 230 cities across 12 countries. Stulen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Minnesota.