Tibbs, Thomas S., 1917-

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Thomas Tibbs (1917- ) is a museum director and educator from San Diego, Calif.

Tibbs was founding director (1956-1960) of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (1968), now Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, where he promoted an interest in crafts, their collection and exhibition as art. He was director of the new museum in Huntington, W.V., where he initated a crafts competition as a means to "fill the museum." His long-time interest in modern and contemporary art led him to hire I.M. Pei to design the new museum wing in Des Moines when he was director. Tibbs is professor emeritus of San Diego State University where he taught contemporary art.

From the description of Oral history interview with Thomas Tibbs, 1996 Mar. 19-May 9 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78218909

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associatedWith American Crafts Council. Museum of Contemporary Crafts. corporateBody
correspondedWith Coolidge, John, 1913-1995 person
associatedWith Karlstrom, Paul J., person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--San Diego
Decorative art
Museum directors


Birth 1917


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