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 139-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).
David 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, learning and interpretation, security, building and grounds, exhibition design and installation, registration, 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 wife, Jenifer, and two daughters, Ava and Anna.
Carol 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 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.
Ted 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 Holtrop is the Director of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum. With over 17 years of museum education experience, Ms. Holtrop has worked in the Division of Learning & Interpretation at the Cincinnati Art Museum since 2002. Her previous position with the museum was as the former assistant curator for school and teacher programs. In her current role, Ms. Holtrop oversees the Art Museum’s interpretive and educational initiatives. This includes public programs for all audiences and abilities as well as gallery interpretation. 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 served as the National Art Education Association Museum Education Division Director from 2015-17 and was named the 2018 National Museum Educator of the Year by the same organization. Ms. Holtrop has also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Midwest Museums and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Ms. Holtrop holds an A.A. in Art History from Grand Rapids Community College, a B.A. in Public History from Western Michigan University and an MSc. in Architectural History from the University College of London-Bartlett School of Architecture.
Susan Hudson is the Director of Collections & Exhibitions. 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 S. Neumann is the Director of Philanthropy 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.
Cynthia 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 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 also curated and authored the accompanying catalog for Wedded Perfection: 200 Years of Wedding Gowns (2010). She has curated traveling exhibitions, including High Style: 20th Century Masterworks from the Brooklyn Costume Collection (2015) and Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion (2018) and guest curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum, Washington D. C. and 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 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.
Dr. Peter Jonathan Bell, Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2017. 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 was a curator 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. At the Cincinnati Art Museum, he has mounted exhibitions on Baroque painter Guido Cagnacci, the arts and entertainment of Belle Époque Paris and the mysterious Renaissance masterpiece La Vecchia by Giorgione; led efforts to acquire British and Italian paintings and French sculpture; and published on Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculpture.
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 research focused on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Rajasthani painting workshop 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 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. In Cameron’s role at the Cincinnati Art Museum, she is responsible for the acquisition, research, and display of the museum’s South Asian, Ancient Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Antiquities collections. She has published, delivered lectures, and organized exhibitions that highlight the arts of India and the Islamic World, exploring both historic and contemporary practices. Cameron is also Project Director of a multi-year gallery reinstallation project of CAM’s ancient Middle Eastern collections, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Amy Miller Dehan is the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has served the museum since 2001. Dehan 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 Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850–1970, 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 twenty-five years.
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 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).
Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein, Curator of Photography, joined the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2017. Stein holds degrees in art history from Wesleyan University and Brown University, where he earned his Ph.D. He has organized exhibitions on contemporary and historical photography from South Asia, Europe and North America, including recent presentations in Cincinnati of the works of Gillian Wearing and Hank Willis Thomas. Selected publications include the exhibition catalogue The Levee: A Photographer in the American South (CAM/Candor Arts, 2020), which was the first major study of Indian photographer Sohrab Hura, and Interference: Andre Bradley and Paul Anthony Smith (PPAC, 2017). 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 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 institutions in Europe and the United States.
Dr. Hou-mei Sung has served as the curator of East 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. Dr. Sung has organized over ten special exhibitions, including Galloping through Dynasties, Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor and Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. She has nearly sixty publications, including her recent books Decoded Messages: The Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting and Masterpieces of Japanese Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
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