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Getting to Know Scott Stulen, the New Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art

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Aired on Thursday, August 25th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Scott Stulen, the newly arrived Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. Formerly, Stulen was the Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA); he officially joined the staff at Philbrook earlier this week. As was noted in a recent Philbrook press release: "While at the IMA, Stulen led the industry by creating and leading the first curatorial department of its kind in the United States dedicated to audience experiences. During this time, his team launched over 125 new programs, yielding a 320% increase in program attendance. This department and the initiatives they implemented were largely responsible for the major growth and community support experienced by the IMA. Additionally, Stulen helped secure $1 million in funding over four years to support ARTx, a research and development initiative within the Audience Experiences and Performance Department, and saw IMA memberships grow from 5,320 to 14,850." Before his work at the IMA, Stulen held positions at the Walker Art Center and the Rochester Art Center (in Minnesota).

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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