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Cincinnati Art Museum honors Richard “Dick” Rosenthal with 2023 Cincinnati Art Award

5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM

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CINCINNATI — May 12, 2023 — The Cincinnati Art Museum honored Richard “Dick” Rosenthal with the 2023 Cincinnati Art Award in recognition of his family’s contributions to the arts in Cincinnati and beyond. He received the award at the museum’s annual Director’s Circle Dinner on May 12.

Established in 2009 and first presented to Jim Dine in 2010, the Cincinnati Art Award recognizes local patrons who have made a significant impact on our culture, at both national and international levels, through their involvement in the creation, collection and promotion of visual art.

The significant contributions to the museum of Dick Rosenthal and his family reflect a commitment to sharing works of art, making art widely accessible and fostering creativity. Most notably, this year marks the 20th anniversary of a generous gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation that permanently provided free, daily general admission to all visitors.  

In 2011 the Rosenthal Education Center (REC) opened its doors and has since offered daily hands-on art-making experiences for guests of all ages. Recently, Dick and Kitty Rosenthal served as honorary chairs of the A New View campaign, which surpassed $65 million in fundraising for the museum.

“Dick and his family have built arts institutions, invested in our city, lifted up our aspirations and found authentic connection to so many in their wide circle,” shared Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director Cameron Kitchin. “The Rosenthal family’s enduring friendship and generosity are true gifts to each of us.”

This year, museum visitors will soon enjoy a new exhibition drawn from the collection of the Rosenthal family. Creating Connections: Self-Taught Artists in the Rosenthal Collection celebrates a remarkable promised gift of selected works to the museum. Dick Rosenthal started building his incredible art collection with his late wife, Lois, more than 30 years ago. The exhibition will be on view for free from June 9–October 8 in the museum’s Thomas R. Schiff Galleries.


About the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.

Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free.