Harry Philbrick

The Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum

From 1996 through 2010, Harry Philbrick was the Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Under his leadership at The Aldrich Museum attendance tripled and the quality of the programs increased dramatically. Philbrick successfully spearheaded a $9 million capital campaign and a major museum campus expansion project that was completed in 2004. His accomplishments have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. 

In 2007, Philbrick was awarded the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in recognition for his outstanding management abilities as director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. 

Prior to becoming director, Philbrick was The Aldrich Museum’s Director of Education, developing the groundbreaking "Student Docent Program," which has served as a model for museums nationwide. He also lectured and given gallery talks at the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and was head of the exhibition lecture program at the Hayward Gallery in London. 

Philbrick earned his MFA at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and also studied at Columbia University, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. As a practicing artist, his artwork has been exhibited in Great Britain and the USA. 

Philbrick joined PAFA in March, 2011.