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Aaron Betsky was tapped as the Cincinnati Art Museum’s eighth director in 2006. As the former Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, one of the most important architecture museums and centers in the world, he held the post of Commissioner for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale’s International Architecture Exhibition for three consecutive editions and is now the Venice Biennale's Architecture Director (2008). Betsky also curated the eighth International Architecture Exhibition (2002) which won the Golden Lion for best foreign pavilion.
Betsky brings a strong combination of management, development, and scholarship experience to Cincinnati. He is a prolific writer and editor with a dozen books and magazines to his credit, including The New York Times, Metropolitan Home, Domus, and Artforum. His noted books include What is Modernism (Phaidon Press, to be published in autumn 2008) and The United Nations Building (Thames & Hudson, 2006).
After finishing his secondary education in the Netherlands, Betsky graduated from the Yale School of Architecture and is currently an accepted candidate for a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture from the Technical University in Delft (Netherlands). He has held the Eero Saarinen chair in architecture at the University of Michigan and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University, California College of Arts, School of Architecture in Houston, and Southern California Institute of Santa Monica. He is an honorary member of the British Institute of Architects (2004) and has won an award from the American Institute of Architects (2001). From 1985 to 1987, he worked with Frank O. Gehry Associates, Inc.
Originally from Missoula, Montana and raised in the Netherlands, Betsky has previously spent time in Cincinnati. From 1983 to 1985, he taught at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design. In addition, he served on the architect selection committee for the Contemporary Arts Center’s new building in 1998.
Carol Edmondson is the Chief Financial Officer at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mrs. Edmondson has worked in the Finance Department, lending her talents for over fifteen years. She oversees the Finance Department, the Gift Shop, Food Services, Facility Rental, and the Information Technology Department. Prior to joining the Art Museum, Mrs. Edmondson worked as an Internal Auditor for Eagle Bank, located in Kentucky. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University. Throughout her career, Mrs. Edmondson has volunteered for school programs, and has acted as treasurer for several athletic programs.
Anita J. Ellis is the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she has provided expertise and leadership with respect to exhibitions, publications, and collections development and management for more than thirty 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 catalogue 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 most recent book, The Ceramic Career of M. Louise McLaughlin, made its debut. Ellis originated and was the project director for The Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in Cincinnati, a permanent cross-media display in 18,000 square feet of a renovated wing in the Cincinnati Art Museum. This project was awarded grants from such prestigious organizations as the Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and both planning and implementation grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Because of her work for The Cincinnati Wing and her active professional and community involvement spanning several decades, Ellis received the prestigious YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Award in 2004. Ellis serves on the Board of Trustees for numerous organizations including the American Ceramic Circle. She holds an A.B. degree in fine art and art history from Ohio Dominican University, where in 2000 she was honored as a Distinguished Alumna, and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Cincinnati. She has completed additional coursework at various institutions including Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
David W. Linnenberg serves as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Art Museum. He oversees the Museum’s fundraising, marketing and communications, design and dissemination, membership, visitor services, and government relations departments. Mr. Linnenberg is an active member of several community organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, and the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce Government Policy Committee. He is Chairman of the Green Township Board of Trustees, where he lives with his two daughters.
Cynthia Amnéus has served as Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 1996. She received a B.A. from Edgecliff College of Xavier University and M.A. from Illinois State University in textiles and fibers. Amnéus joined the museum staff in 1991 serving as collection manager in the fashion arts department. Prior to this, Amnéus taught at Xavier University and University of Cincinnati. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published both exhibition catalogs and articles on a variety of fashion-related topics. Her most recent exhibitions include Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns (2010), Art Deco: Fashion and Design in the Jazz Age (2011), and Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth (2012).
Emily Holtrop is the director of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum. With over eleven years of museum experience, Ms. Holtrop has worked in the Division of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2002 as the former assistant curator of education for school and teacher programs. Now she oversees the Art Museum’s interpretive and educational programming including school and teacher, youth and family, and adult programs, as well as ensuring that the Art Museum creates and implements educational programs of the highest quality that will fulfill the its mission by attracting and retaining diverse audiences. Before coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ms. Holtrop was the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Historical Museum of Southern Florida and the Caribbean, now History Miami. Ms. Holtrop holds an A.A. in Art History from Grand Rapids Community College, a B.A. in Public History/Museum Studies from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in Architectural History from the University College of London: Bartlett School of Architecture.
Susan Hudson is the Art Museum’s Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management. In this role, she oversees the registration department as well as interdepartmental activities related to exhibition organization. She manages and directs all aspects of the office of registration, and serves as the principal internal and external contact for all exhibition-related administrative matters. Ms. Hudson has worked at the museum since 2008, when she first held the post of Exhibition Coordinator. Before coming to the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ms. Hudson was the Assistant Registrar for Exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and later, served as the Manager of Collections and Registration at Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art. She is pleased to be an active member of several organizations in her community, including the Glendale Lyceum, which was built in 1892 as a cultural and social gathering place for the village of Glendale. Ms. Hudson previously served as the Program Director for the Harry Whiting Brown Community Center in Glendale.