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Brian J. Ferriso Appointed Executive Director and CEO of The Philbrook Museum of Art


The Trustees of The Philbrook Museum of Art have announced the appointment of Brian J. Ferriso as Executive Director and CEO effective June 1, 2003.

Ferriso comes to Tulsa from The Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he has served as deputy director and senior director of curatorial affairs. In Milwaukee, Ferriso planned and oversaw a recent $4 million renovation and reinstallation of the collection galleries, and led the planning for the exhibition spaces for the Museum's new $125 million expansion and gardens. The Milwaukee Museum has an annual budget of $14 million, a staff of over 150 and more than 50 exhibition galleries.

In addition to his curatorial background, Ferriso has extensive fundraising and marketing experience. From 1997 - 2000, he served as the assistant director of the Smart Museum of Art at The University of Chicago. At the Smart Museum he helped to create and implement a ten-year strategic plan to achieve administrative, curatorial and educational goals. Additionally, Ferriso has served as associate director of development at The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, where he was active in all aspects of fundraising for an annual budget of $8.5 million, as well as special capital, conservation and education projects.

Brian Ferriso holds an A.M. in Art History from The University of Chicago (1999), a M.A. in Visual Arts Administration from New York University (1994) and an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine (1988). Ferriso has also completed graduate course work at Columbia University in New York. Brian and his wife, Amy Pellegrin, have two young children.

Roxana Lorton, chairman of the Philbrook Board of Trustees and Search Committee member commented, "Brian Ferriso is a visionary who will be an asset to both the business and aesthetic sides of the museum. He will utilize his extensive museum background, his education, youth and energy to develop the curatorial and educational components of Philbrook, while capitalizing on the new gardens and grounds. Both Brian and his wife, Amy will be great assets to our. community.

Ferriso's primary responsibilities at The Philbrook Museum of Art will be to articulate a vision and provide leadership in fulfilling the museum's mission. He will be responsible for an annual operating budget of approximately $5 million and direct a staff of 46.

Jack Neely, incoming chairman of the Philbrook Board of Trustees, chaired the Executive Search Committee to find the new executive director. Along with Lorton and Neely, this committee was comprised of Susie Collins, William Fisher Jr., Robert LaFortune, Robert Lorton and Nancy Meinig.

Neely stated, "We sought a dynamic and experienced individual to serve as the new Director, with the sensitivity to lead us through a successful transition after twenty years under Marcia Manhart's tremendous leadership and the vision to take us to new heights as we unveil the gardens and create exciting programs for the community to make art even more accessible. Brian offers all these unique characteristics, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him."

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