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Brian Kennedy, Director

Brian Kennedy

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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.

Todd Ahrens, Director of Development

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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.

Anne Bennett, Chief Information Officer

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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.

 

Paul Bernard, Facilities Director

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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.

 

 

Carol Bintz, Chief Operating Officer

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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.

Kathy Danko-McGhee, Director of Education

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Kathy Danko-McGhee came to the Museum in 2011 from the University of Toledo where she was a professor of early childhood art education. In demand as a presenter for national and international conferences in her field, she recently coordinated the fourth International Art in Early Childhood Conference hosted by the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts and the Museum.

A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan University, Danko-McGhee earned her master’s degree from Indiana State and her doctorate from Ohio State University. Several of her books have become the basis for early childhood art education programs both here and abroad.

In her capacity as director of education, she oversees the Museum’s efforts to be at the forefront of visual literacy education, as well as programs ranging from early childhood education to adult and Docent art education.

Kelly Fritz Garrow, Director of Communications

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Kelly Fritz Garrow has been director of communications at the Toledo Museum of Art since 2009, and oversees marketing, public/media relations and digital communications. Under her leadership, the Museum was named “American’s Favorite Art Museum” by the readers of online blog Modern Art Notes. The Museum has received a number of communications awards from the Advertising Club of Toledo, Women in Communication, the Ohio Museum Association and the American Alliance of Museums over the past three years.

Previously, Garrow worked as a development and public relations manager for several non-profits, most recently at a large agency serving individuals with development disabilities. She holds a master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from Bowling Green State University. Garrow is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, and serves on the boards of Kids on the Block, Inc. and PRSA of Northwest Ohio.

Amy Gilman, Associate Director

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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.

Adam Levine, Mellon Fellow and Interim Head of Visitor Engagement

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Adam Levine, Ph.D., comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the second scholar to receive the Toledo Museum of Art’s Mellon Fellowship. He began his two-year appointment in January and was named Interim Head of Visitor Engagement in July.

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 a collections management assistant in the Greek and Roman art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as an art market and policy analyst for Oxford Analytica. Levine will complete his fellowship at the Museum in December 2014.

Lynn Miller, Director of Human Resources

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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.

Prior to coming to the Museum, Miller was a senior human resources consultant with the Hanover Insurance Group of Worcester, Mass., a human resources partner business partner with Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting in Ann Arbor, Mich. and the human resources manager for Domino’s Pizza Corp. in Ann Arbor and in Houston. Miller is originally from Archbold, Ohio.

Lawrence Nichols, Senior Curator

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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 2012.  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 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 was previously a member of the Domestic Indemnity Program Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as 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.

Halona Norton-Westbrook, Mellon Fellow

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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.

Jutta-Annette Page, Curator of Glass and Decorative Arts

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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.

Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator

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Carolyn Putney is chief curator and curator of Asian art at the Toledo Museum of Art. At Florida State University and in Florence, Italy, the native Floridian completed her B.A. in art history and graduate coursework in Asian, Renaissance and Baroque art. She came to TMA in 1978 as slide librarian and built what is considered one of the finest visual resources collections in the nation. In 2001 she became curator of Asian art and has organized many exhibitions on that topic as well as contributed to a number of publications on Asian art.

In addition to her work for the Museum, Putney has been a part-time research professor of art history at the University of Toledo. She is currently on the board of the American Association of Museum Curators. She is also a board member and chair of the exhibitions committee for the Arts Commission of Great Toledo. She recently won the YWCA Milestones award for women in the arts.

Carolyn shares her enthusiasm for all the arts with her husband, Dr. Richard H. Putney, who is a professor of art history at the University of Toledo, and curatorial consultant to the Toledo Museum of Art. They love to travel and have organized and led over 35 trips both in the USA and abroad for university students and museum members.