Charles James gowns part of “High Style” fashion exhibit at Fine Arts Museums in 2015 (SFGate, July 10, 2014)
iSPY CiNCY's July Arts Guide (iSPYCiNCY, July 1, 2014)
Art museum lobby renovations start Monday (Cincinnati Enquirer, June 27, 2014)
2014-15 Exhibition Schedule Announced (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, June 23, 2014)
Cries in the Night: German Expressionist Prints around World War I (Cincinnati Art Museum Press Release, June 2, 2014)
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.
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.
Amy Burke is the Director of Visitor Experience, overseeing the Visitor Services Department, Visitor Research, and Security, as well as the Visitor Service Aide Volunteer group. She has been with the Cincinnati Art Museum since 1995 and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from The Union Institute and University. Currently serving as co-chair of the Parent and Student Organization at CCM's Preparatory Department, Ms. Burke also volunteers for the Girls Scouts of Western Ohio as well as volunteering at her daughters' school. Ms. Burke resides in College Hill with her husband and two daughters.
Ted Forrest serves as the Human Resources Director at the Art Museum. He oversees all recruitment, benefit administration, performance management, and employee relations for all departments in the Art Museum. Mr. Forrest has worked in the human resources field since 2003 with progressing levels of experience and responsibility. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Cincinnati. Ted is actively involved in his community through the coaching youth sports and volunteering with various local organizations. Mr. Forrest resides in Kenwood with his family.
Emily Holtrop is the Director of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum. With over fourteen years of museum education experience, Ms. Holtrop has worked in the Division of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2002 as the former assistant curator 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. In 2013, Ms. Holtrop was named the Museum Education Division Director-Elect for the National Art Education Association, a position she will hold for two years, she will then be the Museum Education Division Director. 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.
Kirby S. Neumann is the Director of Development at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He oversees the Museum’s fundraising programs which include membership, annual fund, individual giving, corporate and foundation relations and planned giving. Mr. Neumann has worked in the Development field since 2005 and has earned the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). He grew up in Cincinnati where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati. Kirby is actively involved in with various organizations and has previously chaired the Fundraising Committee for the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association. Mr. Neumann resides in Northern Kentucky with his wife Jennifer.
Cynthia Amnéus is Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles with more than twenty years of 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 such as the Journal of the American Institute of Conservation, The Journal for the American Society of Jewelry Historians, and the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion 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. Amnéus’s most recent publication is Wedded Perfection: 200 Years of Wedding Gowns (2010). She has curated several exhibitions, including Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection(2009), Art Deco: Fashion and Design in the Jazz Age (2011), Behind the Seams: Exhibiting and Conserving Fashion and Textiles (2012) and guest curated Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection (2009) for the Textile Museum, Washington D. C. and is currently working on an exhibition for the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas.
Dr. Julie Aronson has served as Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 1999. Dr. Aronson earned her B.A. in art history from Brandeis University, M.A. 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 catalogueBessie 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 culminated with the exhibition and publication Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast (2013). Dr. Aronson has contributed essays to American Naïve Paintings from the National Gallery of Art, The Oxford Dictionary of American Artand other compendia. At the Cincinnati Art Museum, she collaborated with Marjorie E. Wieseman to curate the exhibitionPerfect 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 displayThe Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City, and edited and co-authored the companion publication.
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 Degas, Renoir, and Poetic Pastels (2013) and Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700 (2014). 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; the Wallace Collection, London; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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 and has worked on various installations of the Museum’s American and European art collections. Her writing on decorative arts and design has appeared in catalogues including Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940; Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art Glass; and Cincinnati Art Carved Furniture and Interiors. She has also been published in The Magazine ANTIQUES, Silver Magazine, Gastronomica, and other periodicals. Dehan has curated multiple exhibitions for the Art Museum, including Cincinnati Silver (2014); The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments (2012); Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum (2011); Force of Nature: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (2010); and Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection (2009). Dehan earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina. She is an alumnus of The Winterthur Fall Institute and the Attingham Summer School. She held internships and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked in the field of decorative arts for over ten years.
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.
Kristin Spangenberg Kristin Spangenberg serves as Curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has more than 40 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 her 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 & Photograph Department and has participated in various seminars. She is a member of the Print Council of America and the Circus Historical Society. Ms. Spangenberg has lectured on many topics, including recent lectures on Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Duveneck. She has also written catalogues for many of the Art Museum’s exhibitions on prints, drawings and photographs. Most recently she has contributed to and edited The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company (2011).
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 nearly fifty publications, including her recent books The Unknown World of the Ming Court Painters: The Ming Painting Academy and Decoded Messages: The Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.