Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins to Judge ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest

Miami, Florida –2014 – Thom Collins, an arts administrator, curator, and art historian, as well as an educator, author and the Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami in Florida, has joined the judging panel for the 2014 ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest. The deadline for entries is October 3, 2014. Winners receive cash prizes and their work will be displayed at the ENDANGERED exhibition in Miami, December 4-6th, 2014, during Art Basel week. For more information visit

“We are thrilled that Thom Collins is part of the judging panel for the 2014 ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest,” stated Dr. Lindsey Matheson, Founder and Director of ENDANGERED:Art4Apes, “Thom has been instrumental in creating successful exhibitions at top museums. We are eager to see what entries capture his attention.”  

Thomas “Thom” Collins is an arts administrator, art historian, educator and author with more than 15 years of experience serving as a director and curator at several of America’s top museums. He was named director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in August 2010. Prior to joining PAMM, Collins served as director of the Neuberger Museum of Art (New York), the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Md., and was the chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Past exhibitions curated by Collins include Andy Warhol: Pop Politics (Neuberger, 2009); Loop, a multimedia exhibition that explored new critical and popular understandings of time as they have been influenced by science and technology (CAC, 2002); New Photography: Richard Billingham, Thomas Demand, Osamu Kanemura, Sophie Ristelhueber, Georgina Starr, Wolfgang Tillmans (MoMA, 1996). Collins holds memberships in the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Art Museum Curators, American Association of Museums and the College Art Association.

Thom Collins joins Joel Sartore, the acclaimed National Geographic photographer, author, speaker and teacher, on the judging panel for the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest. To enter the contest, visit

ENDANGERED is an online, juried art contest that challenges artists to interpret the word “endangered” as it applies to animals, plants or the environment either through a celebration of beauty or illustration of the threats faced. Artists enter for a $25 donation. There is a special category for Young Artists with separate judging and awards. Young artists under the age of 17 can enter for a reduced donation of $5. Students may compete individually or in classroom teams. All entries compete within the three categories: fine art (including sculpture); photography; and wearable art (including jewelry) for cash prizes and a place in the exhibition taking place in Miami during Art Basel week, December 4-6th. Entry fees and proceeds benefit the Center for Great Apes, a non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees.

About ENDANGERED: Art for Apes

The ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest, now in its second year, last year received more than 200 entries from around the world including submissions from artists in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 2,000 guests toured the exhibition last year. The ENDANGERED Art & Photography contest and exhibition raises awareness of threats to wildlife and the environment.  Entry fees and proceeds support the Center for Great Apes, a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. For more information about the ENDANGERED Art & Photography Contest and Exhibition visit


About The Center for Great Apes

The Center for Great Apes is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. It is the only orangutan sanctuary in North America and one of the leading chimpanzees sanctuaries in the world.  The Center receives no government funding and relies on memberships, donations, private grants and fundraising efforts to support this vital work.   For more information please visit