Tim Rodgers Appointed Sybil Harrington Director and CEO of Phoenix Art Museum

Posted By on April 3, 2020

Phoenix Art Museum has appointed Timothy R. Rodgers, PhD, to serve as the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO.

Rodgers, who is currently Director of The Wolfsonian–Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, will assume his role at the museum after July 1. Rodgers has deep roots in Arizona — prior to taking the helm of The Wolfsonian–FIU, Rodgers served for six years as Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council. He was selected following a national search led by a committee appointed by the Museum’s Board of Trustees and which included current and past Trustees and community leaders.

Rodgers brings nearly 20 years of museum-leadership experience to Phoenix, including 11 years as a Museum Director.

“Tim is a seasoned director and scholar whose leadership experience and ability to bring communities together made him the ideal candidate for Phoenix Art Museum,” said Mark Feldman, co-chair of the Board of Trustees at Phoenix Art Museum. “His proven track record maintaining an institution’s financial and operational health, combined with his knowledge of Greater Phoenix and the Southwest region, will be crucial in helping the Museum weather this unprecedented global health crisis and ensuring the Museum’s long-term sustainability. We are grateful to have his leadership at this challenging time, excited to welcome him back to Arizona, and look forward to the Museum’s ability to endure this environment and grow under his stewardship.”

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the next director of Phoenix Art Museum,” Rodgers said. “I have long been an admirer of the Museum, dating back to my early days as an undergraduate studying art history at Arizona State University. I know that this is a challenging time for all museums as they remain closed in order to protect the health and wellbeing of their staff and community. However, I look forward to joining the incredible staff and patrons who have made this museum a vibrant and welcoming destination for audiences of all ages, and working together to ensure the institution is around for generations to come while reaffirming its role as the premier art museum in Arizona and the region.”

While Director of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) from 2009-2015, Rodgers oversaw an ambitious exhibition program. Under his leadership serving in a dual role as Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, SMoCA launched a new website, which dramatically increased SMoCA’s online attendance.

Rodgers also served as Chief Curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe from 2002-2009. Prior to that, he was a co-owner of Saints & Martyrs gallery in Albuquerque, specializing in folk art and religious antiques. .

Rodgers succeeds Amada Cruz, the Museum’s previous Sybil Harrington Director and CEO who concluded her service at Phoenix Art Museum in July 2019 to become the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO at Seattle Art Museum. He takes the helm from Mark Koenig, the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer, who has served as the interim director since Cruz’s departure.


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