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Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator
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 was 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, which serves northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. In 2013, she was awarded a 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.
Jutta-Annette Page, Curator of Glass and Decorative Arts
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 the Byzantine Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., which is administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. 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 America at Wheaton Village.
Lawrence W. Nichols, Senior Curator
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.
Amy Gilman, Associate Director/Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
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. 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.
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.
Thomas Loeffler, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper
Thomas Loeffler joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff as a student assistant in 1980. Passionate about drawing and metalsmithing, he began working as a technical assistant in the Museum’s Print Study Room in 1989, a position that allowed him to work directly with the art he loved.
Since 2000, Loeffler has organized 30 exhibitions from the Museum’s Works on Paper collection and has been the point curator for seven major travelling exhibitions. He was instrumental in the creation of the Museum’s Rare Book Room during the 1990s. He became collections manager of Works on Paper in 2003, and in 2010 was named assistant curator. In this position he continues to organize exhibitions, conduct tours, and make recommendations for new accessions. However, his primary responsibility continues to be the proper care and maintenance of the collection.
Loeffler earned his B.A. from the University of Toledo in studio art/metals, and did post-graduate work in historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University. He maintains an independent metalsmithing studio.