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Director

Cameron Kitchin is the Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he serves as the ninth director in the museum’s 137-year history.  Kitchin is dedicated to the art museum’s service to the public and advancing the role of art and education in Cincinnati’s civic agenda.  Since his appointment in 2014, Kitchin has led the museum to embrace its founding principles of inspiring people and connecting communities through the power of art.  He guides the museum’s institutional vision, the collection of over 67,000 objects spanning 6,000 years, exhibitions, publications, research resources, art library, educational initiatives, outreach programs, external relations, administrative management and strategic planning.

Kitchin previously served as Director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and as Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.  His professional experience includes special projects with the American Alliance of Museums and museum planning with Economics Research Associates.  Kitchin holds degrees in art history from Harvard University and business administration from William & Mary.  He is an alumnus of the Getty Leadership Institute and Leadership Cincinnati.  Kitchin serves the field through numerous professional societies, including the Association of Art Museum Directors, and is a member of the board of the International Council of Museums’ United States national committee (ICOM-US) and the board and executive committee of CincinnatiUSA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Senior Staff

David LinnenbergDavid W. Linnenberg serves as the Chief Administrative Officer at the Cincinnati 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 EdmondsonCarol Edmondson is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mrs. Edmondson joined the Art Museum in 1996 as an accountant and has continuously served the Art Museum for over 20 years. In her current role as CFO, she oversees the Finance, Gift Shop, Food Services, Facility Rental, and Information Technology departments. Mrs. Edmondson was named a 2013 CFO of the Year Finalist by Cincinnati Business Courier.

Prior to joining the Art Museum, Mrs. Edmondson worked as an internal auditor for Eagle Bank. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Northern Kentucky University. Outside of work, Mrs. Edmondson is a member of the Visionaries and Voices Board of Trustees and actively volunteers with numerous Grant County school programs, including serving as treasurer for several athletic teams.  

 

Amy BurkeAmy Burke is the Director of Visitor Experience at the Cincinnati Art Museum where she oversees the Visitor Services Department, Visitor Research, and Security, as well as the Visitor Service Aide Volunteer group. She has been with the 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.

 

 

Jill DunneJill E. Dunne is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In this role, she manages advertising, media relations and overall organizational communications. Dunne was previously Public Affairs Manager for Cincinnati Metro. She has also worked for O’Keeffe Communications and as Public Relations Manager for the Newport Aquarium. In her professional career, she was responsible for interviews on the Today Show, Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning. In 2014, she received the LEGACY Leadership Award and was named to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40.” A member of the Cincinnati Communications Alliance and PRSA, she is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University.

 

Ted ForrestTed Forrest serves as the Human Resources Director at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He oversees all recruitment, benefit administration, performance management, and employee relations for all departments in the 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. Mr. Forrest 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 HoltropEmily Holtrop is the Director of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum. With over fifteen years of museum education experience, Ms. Holtrop has worked in the Division of Learning & Interpretation at the museum since 2002 as the former assistant curator for school and teacher programs. Now she oversees the museum’s interpretive and educational programming including school and teacher, youth and family, and adult programs, as well as ensuring that the museum creates and implements educational programs of the highest quality that will fulfill its mission by attracting and retaining diverse audiences. Before coming to the 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 HudsonSusan Hudson is the Director of Collections & Exhibitions Management. She oversees Registration, Design & Installation, Photo Services and the Mary R. Schiff Library. Ms. Hudson has worked at the museum since 2008 as the former Exhibition Coordinator. She now manages and directs all interdepartmental aspects related to exhibition organization and serves as the principal internal and external contact for all exhibition-related administrative matters. Before coming to the museum, Ms. Hudson was the Assistant Registrar for Exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and later, the Manager of Collections and Registration at the Taft Museum of Art. She holds an M.A. in art history from Kent State University.

 

Kirby NeumannKirby S. Neumann is the Director of Development at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In this role he oversees and provides strategic leadership to all fundraising programs which include museum membership, annual fund, individual giving, the Founders Society, corporate sponsorship, grant seeking, foundation relations, and planned giving. Mr. Neumann has been a professional fundraiser 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 active with several community organizations and currently serves on the board of GRAD Cincinnati. Mr. Neumann resides in Northern Kentucky with his wife Jennifer and son Bryce.

 

 

Curators

Cynthia AmneusCynthia Amnéus is Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles for the Cincinnati Art Museum 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 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.

 

Julie AronsonDr. 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 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 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 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 displayThe Cincinnati Wing: The Story of Art in the Queen City, and edited and co-authored the companion publication.

 

Amy Miller DehanAmy Miller Dehan has served as the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 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. Ms. Dehan has curated multiple exhibitions for the 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).  Ms. 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.

 

Kristin SpangenbergKristin 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 Arts, 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 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).

 

Hou-mei SungDr. 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.

 

Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein was appointed Associate Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2017. Stein holds a B.A. in Art History from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, where his doctoral research dealt with photography in India and Britain in the nineteenth century. He has published and organized exhibitions on internationally-established and emerging contemporary photographers from South Asia, Europe, continental North America, and the Caribbean. Prior to arriving in Cincinnati, Stein held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and the RISD Museum. He has taught the history of photography, film, and modern and contemporary art at the Rhode Island School of Design, Arcadia University, and Brown University; held research fellowships at the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art; and delivered lectures on nineteenth-century and contemporary visual culture at venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London), and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

 

Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron was appointed Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2017. Cameron completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2010, where her doctoral research focused on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Rajasthani painting tradition at Devgarh. She also holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and a BA in Archaeology and History from the University of Toronto. Cameron comes to Cincinnati with extensive professional experience in curatorial practice, having previously held positions at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the British Library. She has published, delivered lectures, and organized exhibitions exploring the courtly painting traditions and decorative arts of India, including a major exhibition and catalogue project while at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Drawn from Courtly India: The Conley Harris and Howard Truelove Collection. In Cameron’s role at the Cincinnati Art Museum, she is responsible for the acquisition, research, and display of the museum’s South Asian, Near Eastern, Islamic, and Antiquities collections. 

 

Dr. Peter Jonathan Bell joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2017 as Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings.  Bell holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, and earned a Ph.D. in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.  He has lectured and published in North America and Europe on Renaissance and Baroque art, and is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.  Before coming to Cincinnati, Bell held curatorial positions in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he organized exhibitions on Italian sculpture and ceramics, and contributed to gallery installations, collections research and acquisitions, particularly in the areas of Spanish and Italian sculpture. 

 

 

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