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Contact Brian Kennedy
Brian Kennedy has been president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art since 2010. He oversees a 36-acre campus housing one of America’s great art collections in three architecturally significant buildings. He came to the Museum with extensive experience in senior leadership positions at art museums in Ireland, Australia and the United States.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kennedy studied art history and history at University College in Dublin, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. A strategic thinker and collaborative leader, he has overseen the development of a strategic plan for the Toledo Museum of Art that strongly integrates it into the community. The plan has focused on sustainability, especially through alternative energy sources, building staff capacity, introducing new technologies and developing an initiative to promote visual literacy. Diverse exhibition programming and significant art acquisitions have enhanced Toledo’s reputation.
From 2005-2010, Kennedy was director of Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, which has one of the largest and finest art collections at an American college or university.
Prior to coming to the United States, Kennedy spent eight years as assistant director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (1989-1997) and seven years as director of the National Gallery of Australia (1997-2004) in Canberra. While in Australia, he initiated a free admission policy, increased attendance through a series of major exhibitions and acquisitions, and oversaw a total building refurbishment as well as an expansion to accommodate major temporary exhibitions.
A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, Kennedy is a respected art historian, curator and author. He has written seven books, most recently on the artists Sean Scully and Frank Stella.
He is a past chair of the Irish Association of Art Historians (1996-97) and of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (2001-03). He is a trustee and treasurer of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums and a member of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal by the Australian Government for service to Australian society and its art. In 2013 he was appointed inaugural eminent professor at the University of Toledo. Most recently, Kennedy received the 2014 Northwest Region, Ohio Art Education Association award for distinguished educator for art education.
Contact Todd Ahrens
Todd Ahrens was named director of development in October 2013. He has extensive experience in arts and educational fundraising, marketing and finance, and has held senior-level development positions at the University of Findlay, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy. He was previously a staff member at the Toledo Museum of Art from 1997-2005, having held a variety of positions in the development department, including associate director of development and interim director of development. He began his nonprofit career with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ahrens received his M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. in international business and German from Simpson College. He has served on boards for several organizations, including the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Black Swamp Arts Festival, Ohio Museums Association and Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Contact Anne Bennett
Anne Bennett, a graduate of the J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems at Ohio University, began her career as a systems analyst at Westinghouse Electric Company in 1985. She joined The Andersons as a communications systems analyst in 1987 and climbed the ranks to become chief information officer there from 2011 to 2013. Bennett has also served on the boards of multiple philanthropic organizations, including the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio and the YMCA South Branch.
Contact Paul Bernard
Paul Bernard, CEP, has been with the Toledo Museum of Art for 21 years. As the director of physical plant and capital projects, he is responsible for all physical operational aspects—including mechanical, electrical, custodial and groundskeeping—of the entire museum complex. He has over 35 years in the HVAC field and is a licensed residential builder.
Contact Carol Bintz
Carol Bintz has been with the Toledo Museum of Art since 1991, serving in a variety of roles in finance and development. As chief operating officer for a total of nearly 15 years, she is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Museum, including human resources, facilities, physical plant, finance, IT, protective services, the Museum Store and cafe. She is a graduate of Tiffin University and a certified public accountant.
Bintz played a crucial role overseeing construction of the world-renowned Glass Pavilion and has helped the Museum become a leader in the use of green technologies such as solar power, LED lighting, and turbine electrical generators. She is active in the Toledo Rotary Club and has served on numerous community boards such as Green Energy Ohio and the Toledo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Contact Mike Deetsch
Mike Deetsch joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff in 2013 as assistant director of education. He was recently named the interim Emma Leah Bippus director of education, overseeing the docent program, art classes and museum curriculum. Prior to joining the staff at TMA, Deetsch served as a senior museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition and programs director at the Lexington Art League, and the student programs manager at the Kentucky Historical Society. Deetsch received his M.S. in Art Education from the Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art History from Hanover College. He lives in West Toledo with his wife, Emily, and their three-year-old son, Ethan.
Contact Amy Gilman
Amy Gilman was named associate director of the Toledo Museum of Art in January 2011. In this role, she facilitates implementation of the Museum’s strategic objectives, will create and lead a new graduate fellowship program to mentor museum leaders of the future, and coordinate major initiatives from the director’s office.
Gilman came to Toledo in 2005 as curator of modern and contemporary art after earning her doctorate in art history at Case Western Reserve University; she continues in that curatorial role. Since then, she has acquired important works for the collection by Paul Cadmus, Elizabeth Catlett and Marisol, among other significant artists. She also has been involved in the artist-in-residence program at the Glass Pavilion, and, since 2009, has overseen the Museum’s temporary exhibitions program.
Contact Adam Levine
Adam Levine, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director and Associate Curator of Ancient Art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Levine came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Museum’s Mellon Fellowship program. His background includes doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and bachelor’s degrees in art history, anthropology, and mathematics and social sciences from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He is an expert in Roman art. Levine is a co-founder of Art Research Technologies and has consulted for Sotheby’s and Art & Auction Magazine. He has also served as an art market and policy analyst for Oxford Analytica.
Contact Lynn Miller
Lynn Miller joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff in June 2013 as director of human resources. In this role, she oversees human resources, protective services, volunteer services and the professional services teams.
Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bowling Green State University and has studied human resources and organizational design on the graduate level. She also holds Human Resource Business Partner Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management, the leading national human resources professional association and accreditation organization.
Contact Larry Nichols
Lawrence W. Nichols is William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900. He joined TMA in 1992 after being associate curator of the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A specialist in northern Baroque painting, his book The Paintings of Hendrick Goltzius, 1558-1617, A Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné was published in March 2013. He took his Ph.D. from Columbia University and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Nichols has curated major exhibitions at the TMA including “Manet: Portraying Life”, “Van Gogh: Fields”, and “Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master: Drawings, Prints, and Paintings”. He has been responsible for a number of important acquisitions including works by Giordano, Hals, Guercino, Chardin, and Delacroix. He is the curatorial liaison to The Apollo Society, TMA’s art acquisition group.
Nichols serves on the old master paintings vetting committee of The European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht and the Arts and Artifacts International Indemnity Advisory Panel of National Endowment for the Arts, and previously served as on the Art Advisory Committee of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. He was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2010 and at the Clark Art Institute in 1999.
Contact Halona Norton-Westbrook
Halona Norton-Westbrook is the third scholar to receive the Toledo Museum of Art’s Mellon Fellowship. Originally from California, she received her B.A. from Mills College, her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. Norton-Westbrook’s expertise is a distinctive intersection between art history and museum studies; her doctoral research centered on the history of collecting in American and British art museums and the development of the curatorial profession.
Previously, Norton-Westbrook served as a curatorial research intern at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery; in 2006 she held an interim appointment as the curatorial and administrative coordinator of the Mills College Art Museum. In 2011, she completed an advanced museum management traineeship at London’s Garden Museum, where she assisted the director with new curatorial and educational initiatives. She is also an accomplished lecturer whose speaking engagements have ranged from the Association of Art Historians conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to regular lectures at the University of Cambridge in England for the history of art department.
Norton-Westbrook’s two-year commitment to the Toledo Museum of Art began in September 2013.
Contact Jutta Page
Since joining the Museum in 2003, she has overseen gallery design, installation and interpretation of the approximately 7,000 objects in glass at the Glass Pavilion, an architecturally award-winning glass facility. She has curated a wide variety of exhibitions, and publishes and lectures widely.
Previously, Page was curator of European glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, and exhibition associate at Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Center for Byzantine Studies in Washington, D.C. She was senior staff member and registrar for archaeological fieldwork for excavations on Corfu, Greece from 1987–1997.
She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in the history of art and architecture from Brown University; her M.A.E. in jewelry, metalsmithing and industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design; and her M.A. and B.A. in visual communication and art from Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. She has served as president of the International Council of Museums Glass Committee and the Glass Art Society, as well as Advisory Board member of the Creative Glass Center of American at Wheaton Village.
Contact Mary Siefke
Mary K. Siefke recently joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff as chief financial officer. A certified public accountant, Siefke had been with ProMedica Health System since 2002, serving as director of finance for Paramount companies the past three years and managing a staff of 30 accountants and analysts.
Prior to that time, she successively held the positions of senior accounting specialist, controller and then manager of finance for Paramount companies at ProMedica. She earlier was an auditor in the Toledo office of Ernst & Young LLP. A graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, Siefke holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Toledo.
Active in the community, she is treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee and has been a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee for Perrysburg Parks, working directly with city council members and employees to ensure park safety and maintenance.