Director of Security, Addison Gallery of American Art
Austin Sharpe, CPP, CIPS, CIPM, is the Director of Security at the Addison Gallery of American Art located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He is a graduate of the Northeast Regional Police Academy and has lectured on museum security protocols and procedures at the national level. For over 20 years Austin has dedicated himself to protecting cultural property.
As the former President of the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection, New England Chapter, he created a community and network of security professionals focused on training, shared experiences, and community resources. In 2018, Austin launched an immersive three-day “Emergency Response and Disaster Planning” workshop, bringing invaluable experiences and learned techniques to handle various disasters to over 100 museum participants.
Austin has worked as a Police Officer in a nearby coastal community and enjoys developing turnkey solutions and researching the latest technologies for the protection of cultural property assets.