PHDGallery owner Philip Hitchcock has challenged people with his art for over 20 years. 2012 saw his first Chicago solo exhibition at the Leather Archives and Museum. His lifesize Christ Embracing the Cross is part of the permanent collection of Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) and he is responsible for the portrait bust of Dr. Richard Chaifetz on permanent display at The Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. FOXTV commissioned Hitchcock to create over 20 full bodysculptures for its hit show TheSwan, and The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) retained the artist to create bodycast sculptures of its wrestling "superstars" for the Wrestlemania Fan Access show held at Toronto's Skydome. Hitchcock's work can be seen on the small and big screen including a local feature on Living St. Louis.
Hitchcock has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his work including the 2006 Artistic Achievement and Public Relations Award from the Association of Lifecasting International, (ALI); the 1997 Broadcast Design Award for MGM/UA's Outer Limits limited edition sculpture, and the designation of being among "The OUT 100" in 2001, an annual list of the 100 most influential gay men and lesbians in America, according to OUT magazine. He is the author of Dark Impressions:The Art of Philip Hitchcock.
Commercially, Hitchcock has been commissioned to create work for St. Louis Pride, Inc., Central Institute for the Deaf, Disneyland's Tomorrowland, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., Delta Air Lines, and the L.A. Stage Alliance for whom he creates annually the L A Stage Ovation Award which recognizes excellence in Los Angeles theatre.
His works have been featured in solo and group exhibits and are in prestigious collections such as Leslie-Lohman Foundation, New York, NY; Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA); Mark Taper Family/Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA; Henry Jewelry, Hong Kong; Barbie Benton, Aspen, CO; Michele Rodriguez, Cagliari, Italy and Rene Hubschmid of Switzerland.
A magna cum laude graduate from UCLA, Hitchcock returned home to St. Louis in 2005. He opened PHD gallery,, in April of 2007 and has curated nearly 30 exhibitions featuring artworks by local regional, and national artists,including the first ever St. Louis exhibition of original Tom of Finland drawings. PHD Gallery has received critical praise from numerous media outlets including the New York Times.