Thom Collins is the director of the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY.
An honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Mr. Collins earned both his master's degree in art history and his ABD in art history at Northwestern University.
Mr. Collins, a native of Philadelphia, was previously executive director of the Contemporary Museum of Baltimore in Maryland. He is an art historian and critic with more than a decade of experience curating, teaching and publishing in the fields of contemporary art and visual culture. He was a Newhall Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art, an associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, an associate curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum and chief/senior curator of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati.
He has organized such exhibitions as "Somewhere Better Than This Place: Alternative Social Experience in the Spaces of Contemporary Art"; "Crimes and Misdemeanors: U.S. Art of the Reagan '80s"; "Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Urban Street Culture"; and "The Photographic Impulse: A Social History". Mr. Collins has also worked with numerous artists to create new projects, among them Gilles Barbier, Sanford Biggers, Patty Chang, Renee Green, Moshekwa Langa, Lee Mingwel, Hirsch Perlman, Marjetica Potro, Hope Sandrow, Carrie Mae Weems and Zhang Huan. His publications include the books "Somewhere Better Than This Place" and "Beautiful Losers," as well as contributions to "Art and Performance," "Ecovention," "Gilles Barbier: Clones," "Slide Show," "Topic," "Witness" and the catalogue for the 1999 Carnegie International. Mr. Collins has taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Washington and Northwestern University.