Director and President, Philbrook Museum of Art
Scott Stulen is the Director and President of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an artist, writer, curator, programmer and dj. Previously he was the first Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers, Project Director of mnartists.org at the Walker Art Center and Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center (MN).
He has created and curated innovative exhibitions and programming including the ARTx program at the IMA, first Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest), Community Supported Art (CSA), Artist Designed Mini Golf, and the Walker Art Center’s Open Field initiative. He is currently leading the Philbrook Museum of Art, creating a model for the museum of the future through immersive and accessible experiences, relevant community engagement and radical openness.
Scott spoke at MuseumNext USA in 2016. you can watch his presentation ‘The Future of Museums is Brave Leadership’ here.
Connect with Scott:
Welcome to the Funhouse
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
“The most punk rock thing I ever did was become a museum director.”
Scott Stulen is an artist, DJ and curator, but perhaps his most subversive act is becoming the director of the Philbrook Museum of Art. Stulen built his career on creating unexpected platforms for social interaction, audience engagement and connecting diverse audiences. Things like cat video festivals and low-rider picnics, motel concerts and garden camp-outs.
Stulen will talk about how he is transforming a mid-size, non-coastal American museum by taking strategic risks, listening to audience needs and not taking himself so seriously. He will share simple lessons on how lasting change can be made with limited resources, and how social impact in the community can be achieved and measured.
Museum as cultural commons, rock club, garden party — yet still an intimate setting for art.