Merging Fashion and Art:
Robin Nicholson, Frick Art & Historical Center, Inc.
"I think they've done a fabulous job in planning for the future,” Robin Nicholson said about Frick Art & Historical Center when he was hired to be its third director in 2014. An outstanding scholar, leader, and collaborator, Mr. Nicholson previously held posts with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, the Drambuie corporate art collection, and The Fine Art Society, where he ran the company’s gallery in Edinburgh.
Among his achievements at the Frick to date are spearheading a $15 million capital campaign and museum expansion on budget and ahead of schedule and raising more than $16 million. In 2016, Mr. Nicholson secured additional major funding, including a $1 million grant for exhibitions and accessibility, the largest non-capital gift ever received by the Frick. He also developed and implemented the museum’s first-ever comprehensive strategic planning exercise, with twin goals of five-year and 25-year planning.
An expert in the art of the Stuart royal courts in 18th-century Paris and Rome, the Edinburgh native is the author of an academic study of the portraits of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, published by Bucknell University. Mr. Nicholson is also an avocational landscape photographer, working primarily in black and white.