Gail Harrity is a President and Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has overseen a wide range of administrative functions for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including legal, financial, development, marketing, membership and visitor services, interpretative and information technologies, facilities management, and government and external affairs. Working closely with the Director and Board of Trustees, she has played a central role in strategic planning, the creation of a multi-year comprehensive facilities master plan, and the implementation of a number of audience building and digital technology initiatives, including the development of a central digital database for the Museum’s collection that provides global public access to the works of art.
Prior to joining the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1997, Ms. Harrity served as Deputy Director at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she served as project director for the Museum in planning for the Frank O. Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Before that she served as the Guggenheim Museum’s Deputy Director for Finance and Administration. From 1982 to 1989 Ms. Harrity worked in a variety of positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including Assistant Treasurer and Chief of Budget, Planning and Government Relations.
On 24 October 2016 Gail Harrity delivered Making a Classic Modern: Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art lecture at the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage Museum.