Membership includes a monthly luncheon and meeting to hear various experts discuss current exhibitions, some aspect of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection, or taking an off-site tour to a collection of interest.
Through its fundraising activities, the Association donates a significant monetary gift to the Cincinnati Art Museum each year. Thanks to the annual A Taste of Duveneck fundraiser, beneficiaries have included restorations of works of art and renovations to galleries.
Annual Dues | $55 individual | $90 couple
For more information, please contact the Development Department at [email protected] or (513) 639-2964.
The Duveneck Association dates to 1980, when it was formed as the Men’s Committee. The name changed in 1991 in order to expand membership to include women and to honor an important Cincinnati artist.
Members of the Cincinnati Art Museum are eligible to join the Association. Membership includes monthly luncheon meetings to hear various experts discuss current exhibitions or some aspect of the Art Museum’s permanent collection, or to take an off-site tour to a collection of interest.
Through its fund-raising activities, the Association donates a significant monetary gift to the Art Museum each year. Beneficiaries have included (but not been limited to) restorations of works of art, renovations to galleries, the renovation of the Schmidlapp Gallery and renovation of –and equipment purchases for–the Art Museum’s esteemed Conservation Lab.
Frank Duveneck (1848-1919) was a native of Covington, Kentucky. As a teenager, he apprenticed to church decorators. Showing promise, he was sent to study at the Royal Academy in Munich in 1869. There he abandoned plans for pursuing church commissions and mastered the bravura brush techniques practiced by the Munich school. Winning prizes and finding success at exhibitions, he quickly became a leading artist and important expatriate among American realist painters.
Colleagues included William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman and many others.
In 1890, Duveneck returned to Cincinnati to teach at the Art Academy, where he became is director in 1904. He was an active member of the Cincinnati Art Club, serving as president in 1896-98. In his lifetime, Duveneck influenced many artists and their work.
Download the 2016-2017 Duveneck Association Event Calendar
RETURN OF AFRICAN ART | January 9, 2017
The long-awaited re-opening of our primitive art, in one of the new galleries behind the Rosenthal Education Center, takes place in December. In the almost certain belief that you will not see it before Christmas (!), we are making available the opportunity in early January with local historian and expert Bill Hommel as our tour guide. CAM’s African art is superb, and if the new installation is as tasteful and dramatic as the new installation of our antiquities, it will be well served.
ART AND INTERPRETATION | February 6, 2017
In a little bit of a departure from what we usually do, we have asked Director of Learning & Interpretation, Emily Holtrop, to speak to us about three individual works of art that she particularly enjoys in the museum. Emily will drill down on each one, talking about the artist’s methodology and use of symbolism in what is shown. While Emily’s decision on which three works is still in the making, she has promised that one of them will be “Alexander and the Fates,” the immense Italian baroque masterpiece by Bernardo Mei. That alone should be worth price of lunch!
LOCAL COLLECTOR SPEAKS ABOUT HIS COLLECTION | March 6, 2017
In recent years, the museum has organized several exhibitions of Asian art, each one impressive in scope and quite beautiful in its individual offerings. “Dressed to Kill,” a display of Japanese armor and uniforms of war from its imperial past promises to be another proud entry in this line-up. Hou-mei Sung, our curator of Asian art, is the perfect person to explain it all.
TRIP TO COLUMBUS MUSEUM | April 4, 2017 OFFSITE
The Columbus Museum of Art recently re-opened after a multi-year renovation. It now boasts one of the most handsome collections of late 20th century and contemporary art anywhere near us, along with a sculpture garden that anyone might envy. And just for good measure, they’ve thrown in a first-rate museum café. So we’ll be taking a bus for the short ride to Columbus for a comprehensive look at the new glories of our upstate counterpart.
TOUR OF PRIVATE COLLECTIONS | May 8, 2017
This month, once again, we hope to be able to show you two of the greater Cincinnati community’s finest private collections. We’re working on this now, and we’ll let you know!
Elizabeth Tinklenberg - Chair
Emily Merkle - Vice Chair
Polk Laffoon - Past Chair
Kay Worz - Membership Chair
Polk Laffoon - Program Chair
Emily Merkle - Finance
Members at Large:
Judith Meyers Schultz