The AIPAD Award was established to honor and recognize visionaries who have spent their lives at the forefront of the field of photography. In 2017, the newly inaugurated award will be presented to Sandra Phillips and Anne Wilkes Tucker during the vernissage, March 29. Get vernissage tickets.
After thirty years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Sandra Phillips stepped down as Senior Curator in June 2016. During her tenure, SFMOMA’s photography program flourished into one of the top ten art museum departments of photography in the United States, acquiring 11,000 new photographic works and mounting over 200 photography exhibitions. In her final months, she helped establish the Pritzker Center for Photography, the largest photography showcase in an American art museum. In addition to her extensive curatorial career, Phillips also dedicated her time to teaching, lecturing, and publishing. Phillips is now serving as SFMOMA’s Curator Emerita.
Anne Wilkes Tucker
As founder of the photography department and Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator for almost 40 years, Anne Wilkes Tucker built the Museum of Fine Arts Houston photography collection from 141 to over 28,000 images made on seven continents. She curated or co-curated over 40 exhibitions, most of which were accompanied by equally-acclaimed publications. In 2001, TIME named her America’s Best Curator. She has lectured globally and written or been featured in 53 magazine articles. Before moving to Houston, Tucker studied under Beaumont Newhall and Nathan Lyons as one of the first graduate students in a program at the George Eastman House that would become the Visual Studies Workshop. Then she served as a curatorial intern for John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art. She also taught at various universities. She is now serving as Curator Emerita for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.