The High Museum of Art has announced that Randall Suffolk, the current director and president of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla., has been appointed its Nancy and Holcomb T. Green Jr. director succeeding Michael E. Shapiro, who is retiring on July 31. Mr. Suffolk is to assume his position at the High on Nov. 2.
He has been honored by the American Alliance of Museums for his work at the Philbrook in contributing greatly to Tulsa’s community while growing the institution’s finances.
While at the Philbrook, he oversaw the reorganization of the museum establishing new education, curatorial and communications departments. He also forged partnerships by bringing new exhibitions including three from the Vitra Design Museum located in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
In addition, he established a five-year collaboration with the New York-based Vilcek Foundation, which was founded by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from former Czechoslovakia, to raise public awareness of the contributions of immigrants to the sciences, arts and culture in the United States.
Prior to joining the Philbrook, Mr. Suffolk was director of The Hyde Collection Art Museum in Glens Falls, N.Y., from 1999-2007.
He holds a master’s degree in art history from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Columbia University and a bachelor of arts degree from Connecticut College.