Frank P. Phillips has been professionally creating art for over 20 years. He, his wife Meg, daughter Bess, and brood of animals split time between Alexandria and Charlottesville. In Alexandria, Phillips works at Episcopal High School, where he teaches Introduction to the Arts, Painting, Drawing, Photography, AP Studio Art, and Art History. He received his BA with High Honors from Hobart College in 1997 and received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005.
At Hobart, Phillips was a decorated member of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team. Currently, he is an avid squash player. At Episcopal, Frank Phillips utilizes his athletic experience to coach soccer and squash. His passion for competition and physical activity directly influences his artwork. The paintings and drawings are products of his very physical process, and he embraces the work involved.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Frank Phillips has been a member of the design team that developed the plans for the new $10 million arts facility at Episcopal High School. After years of planning, the fully integrated arts facility was opened in September 2003.
Within the EHS Ainslie Arts Center, Phillips has been a director and curator of the Angie Newman Johnson Gallery. He has managed the operations of scheduling, artist selection, marketing, and installation. Phillips has been heavily involved in all Angie Newman Johnson Gallery shows; those featured include Will Mebane, Rob Evans, and Billy Sullivan. He has curated exhibitions of work by Sam Gilliam, Timothy App, David A. Douglas, Ed McHugh, John C. Menihan, and Russell Horvath.