PHILADELPHIA (CBSMiami/AP) — After five years of working as the director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, Thomas Collins will make a move to Philadelphia to serve as president and executive director of The Barnes Foundation.
Collins has spent the past five years at the PAMM. Before that he led the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York.
The Barnes Foundation, established in 1922, houses a large collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist pieces by artists including Matisse, Renoir, Cezanne and Picasso.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a year after previous Barnes leader Derek Gillman stepped down to become a visiting art professor at nearby Drexel University.
Gillman oversaw the collection’s move from a gallery in suburban Lower Merion to downtown Philadelphia after a years-long legal battle. Its new $150 million building opened in 2012.
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