Anita J. Ellis is the Deputy Director for Collections at the Cincinnati Art Museum where she has provided expertise and leadership with respect to exhibitions, publications, collections development and management for almost 40 years. A recognized authority on Cincinnati Decorative Arts, especially ceramics, she has lectured extensively throughout the United States and is widely published in national and international art journals and magazines. In 1992 she won the Florence Roberts Head Book of the Year Award for the catalog Rookwood Pottery: The Glorious Gamble; in 1995 she published Rookwood Pottery: The Glaze Lines, which remains the most extensive handbook on the subject; and, in July 2003, her book on The Ceramic Career of M. Louise McLaughlin, made its debut. Her latest publication, co-authored with Dr. Susan Meyn, is Rookwood and the American Indian: Masterpieces of American Art Pottery from the James J. Gardner Collection. Because of her active professional and community involvement throughout her career, Anita Ellis received the prestigious YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award in 2004. Ms. Ellis holds an A.B. degree in Fine Art and Art History from Ohio Dominican University where in 2000 she was honored with its Distinguished Alumna Award; a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Cincinnati; and has completed additional coursework at various institutions including Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
Cynthia Amnéus is Interim Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles with more than twenty years experience in her field. She received her B.A. from Edgecliff College of Xavier University and her M.A. from Illinois State University in textiles and fibers. She joined the Art Museum staff in 1991 serving as collection manager and preparator in the fashion arts and textile department. Prior to this, Amnéus was an adjunct instructor at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. She has lectured throughout the United States and published in various scholarly journals on a variety of fashion and textile topics. In 2004 she won the Victorian Society of America’s Ruth Emery Publication Award for A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati’s Golden Age, 1877-1922. Her latest publication is Wedded Perfection: 200 Years of Wedding Gowns. She guest curated Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection for the Textile Museum and is currently working on an exhibition for the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas. Amnéus is a member of the Costume Society of America, the Textile Society of America, and the American Society of Jewelry Historians.
Dr. Esther Bell is the Curator of European Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture. She received her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with a specialization in seventeenth and eighteenth-century European art. Prior to entering the Institute, Dr. Bell received a Masters in the history of art at Williams College and a bachelor of arts in the history of art, with high honors, at the University of Virginia. Bell has been the recipient of many fellowships, including the J. William Fulbright fellowship with an affiliation at the Musée du Louvre and the Theodore Rousseau Fellowship in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With over ten years of experience in some of the nation's finest museums, including the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Morgan Library & Museum, Dr. Bell has organized numerous exhibitions-- most recently·Ingres at the Morgan (2011, Morgan Library & Museum). Dr. Bell has a particular interest in eighteenth-century French art and has delivered lectures in distinguished international venues such as the University of St. Andrews, Scotland; the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes; the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Dr. Julie Aronson has served as Curator of American Painting, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 1999. Dr. Aronson earned her B.A. in art history from Brandeis University, master’s degree from Williams College, and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She is the recognized authority on the sculpture of Bessie Potter Vonnoh, the subject of her doctoral dissertation and her touring exhibition and catalogue Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Sculptor of Women (2008). Dr. Aronson’s professional experience includes a position as the assistant curator of American art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and research posts at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has published and lectured on topics ranging from New England folk portraiture to painters and sculptors of the Cincinnati region. Her research on the Cincinnati Impressionist Edward Henry Potthast will culminate with an exhibition and book in 2013.
Dr. Aronson has contributed essays to American Naïve Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and other compendia. At the Cincinnati Art Museum, she collaborated with Marjorie E. Wieseman to curate the exhibition Perfect Likeness: European and American Portrait Miniatures from the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006) with its landmark catalogue. Dr. Aronson was on the curatorial team that produced the permanent collection display The Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City, and edited and co-authored the companion publication.
Amy Miller Dehan is the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design. Dehan joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2001. She was part of the curatorial team that developed The Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City (2003), and her research on over 1,100 students of the Cincinnati art-carved furniture movement is included in the publication Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors (2003). She has curated several exhibition including Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection (2009), with catalogue; Force of Nature: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (2010); Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum (2011), and The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments (2012). She has lectured and published on a variety of topics. With a B.A. in art history from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in art history from the University of South Carolina, she previously held posts at the College of William and Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art, the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is an alumnus of The Winterthur Fall Institute and the Attingham Summer School.
Kristin Spangenberg serves as Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has more than 35 years of experience in her field, having previously served as Assistant Curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Assistant Curator of Graphic Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Ms. Spangenberg earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She also served an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Print & Photographic Department and has participated in a seminar on Preservation and Restoration of Photographs at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Print Council of America and the Cincinnati Graphic Arts Forum. Ms. Spangenberg has lectured on many topics, including recent lectures on Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Frank Duveneck. She has also written articles for various publications such as Print Council of America Newsletter, and has written catalogues for many of the Museum’s exhibitions on prints, drawings and photographs.
Dr. Hou-mei Sung has served as the curator of Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2002. Dr. Sung received a B.A. in foreign languages and literature and an M.A. in Chinese history, both from the National Taiwan University. She also earned a Ph.D. in museum studies from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Dr. Sung served as research associate at the Cleveland Museum of Art and a variety of research and teaching positions in museum and academic fields in Asia and throughout the United States, including the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; John Carroll University; Colorado College; Cleveland State University; and Case Western Reserve University. She also worked as the executive officer of the Chinese American Faculty and Staff Association and program director of the Chinese Arts and Culture celebration at Cleveland State University. Her research on Ming court painting received a Fulbright scholarship in 2000. Dr. Sung has over thirty publications, including her recent book, The Unknown World of the Ming Court Painters: The Ming Painting Academy.
Brian Sholis is the Associate Curator of Photography. He has worked as a curator, writer, and editor for more than ten years, both independently and at such organizations as Artforum and Aperture Foundation, and has organized exhibitions and public programs in Paris, Miami, and New York. His writing on photography and contemporary art has appeared in catalogues published by the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the Moderna Museet, and has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and other periodicals. Sholis received his B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. in American History from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He has taught at the Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, New York University, and Lehman College, and has been a visiting critic at more than dozen other universities and art schools. Sholis’s particular interests include American landscape photography; Conceptual Art; and contemporary artists using photography.