Alyson Baker Named Ninth Director of Connecticut’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

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RIDGEFIELD, CT.- The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum announced today that Alyson Baker has been selected as its next director. Baker will assume the directorship of The Aldrich on July 5, 2011, following an eleven-year term as executive director of Socrates Sculpture Park, an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program located in New York City. She succeeds Harry Philbrick, who served as director of The Aldrich from 1997 to 2010. During her time at Socrates, Baker has overseen a remarkable period of institutional and programmatic growth, implementing initiatives that have significantly increased the Park’s organizational capacity and operating budget while more than doubling its annual attendance. She garnered widespread recognition and acclaim for curating exhibitions of innovative public sculpture, enhancing the quality and depth of educational and multidisciplinary cultural programs at the Park,