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September 9th, 2009 By Steven Rosen | Arts | Posted In: Arts community, Funding, Visual Art

New Leaders at Taft Museum, Art Academy

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Taft Museum of Art has named its new director/CEO to replace Eric Lee, who left in the spring to head the Kimbal Art Museum in Fort Worth. She is Deborah Emont Scott, recently chief curator at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and before that the museum's Sanders Sosland curator of 20th Century. She becomes the sixth director in the Taft's 77-year-history.

Scott helped lead the expansion and renovation of the Kansas City museum during her tenure, serving as project director for the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park that surrounds the museum. She assumes her new job in November.

Meanwhile, the Art Academy of Cincinnati announced (via a press release using its highly stylized new LPK-designed logo in which the "A"s have turned into wigwam-style inverted "V"s; see the rendering above) that David Torbet Johnson, former chief curator of the Taft Museum, will serve as interim president while Trustee Carl Solway leads an advisory committee to find a permanent new head of the Over-the-Rhine art school. The previous director, Gregory Allgire Smith, left in July.

 
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