Phillip Bahar, Adjunct Faculty
Phillip Bahar is Executive Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, whose mission is to support the ongoing exploration and enjoyment of the humanities through an annual festival, year-round programs, and a spring performing arts series. He was previously Chief of Operations and Administration at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), where he oversaw visitor experience, operations, and earned income—visitor services, building operations, security, food service and facility rental, information technology, human resources, and the Walker Shop. He has had a career strongly focused on the relationship between institutions and their audiences. He oversaw two weeks of special events celebrating the Walker’s highly-celebrated Herzog & de Meuron designed expansion, led the 20th anniversary celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, conducted two of the most ambitious audience research studies in the Walker’s history, and oversaw the Walker’s annual 11,000 person Rock the Garden concert. Mr. Bahar has participated in the Getty Leadership Institute, has held leadership roles on Committees of the American Alliance of Museums, and has spoken frequently on audience, marketing, communications, and management topics at national conferences and universities.
He holds an M.A. in Arts Management from Columbia University (New York, NY) and a B.A. in Art History and Psychology from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA).