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Deborah Emont Scott to Retire as Taft Museum of Art President/CEO

CINCINNATI, OH (August 2021)—Deborah Emont Scott, the Louise Taft Semple President/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art, announced Monday to the board of directors that she will conclude her tenure in summer 2022 following the completion of the museum’s widely publicized Bicentennial Infrastructure Project. Followed by a transition period and a national search for her successor, she will mark over 12 years of distinguished leadership and be named Director Emerita.

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Taft Museum of Art Annual Fundraiser Raises Over $160k to Support Education Programs

CINCINNATI, OH (June 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art welcomed audiences to experience Tables of the Taft, an exciting new take on the museum’s annual fundraiser June 2 and June 3, 2021. The event was inspired by the special exhibition Walk This Way | Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes (February 24–June 6, 2021). The event raised over $160,000 to support the Taft’s educational and outreach programs.

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American Alliance of Taft Museum of Art Promotes Curators Tamera Lenz Muente and Ann Glasscock, PhD

CINCINNATI, OH (June 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art promotes two outstanding curatorial members. Tamera Lenz Muente, who has a focus in paintings and works on paper, has been promoted from associate curator to curator. Dr. Ann Glasscock, who has a focus in decorative arts and furniture, has been promoted from assistant curator to associate curator.

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American Alliance of Museums Awards Taft Museum of Art with Excellence in Label Writing

"More to the Story” Interpretative Texts Provide a More Diverse Understanding of History, Garnering National Recognition for Bicentennial Exhibitions

CINCINNATI, OH (June 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art has been awarded the 2021 American Alliance of Museums’ Excellence in Label Writing Competition for the exhibition, A Splendid Century | Cincinnati Art 1820–1920, featuring “More to the Story” labels. The Taft Museum of Art is the only art museum among this year’s 11 winners selected from over 100 entries.

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Taft Museum of Art Creates Bicentennial Exhibitions, Laying Groundwork for Infrastructure Project

In a New Light opens July 3, 2021 at the Taft followed by Borrowed Gems, July 23, 2021 at Cincinnati Museum Center

CINCINNATI, OH (May 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art opened to the public in 1932 comprised of the personal art collection of Anna Sinton Taft and Charles Phelps Taft. Ever since, the collection has been displayed throughout the Tafts’ former home. For only the second time since the museum’s creation nearly 90 years ago, the Taft’s prized artworks will be temporarily removed from the beloved 1820 landmark to prepare for the much-anticipated Bicentennial Infrastructure Project, set to begin this August. Supported by the Love This House capital campaign, the project will ensure the future stability of the 200-year-old historic house.

To prepare for rehabilitation work, the Taft will begin deinstalling the permanent collection from the historic house this May. Two exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection will be created: In a New Light | Treasures from the Taft and Borrowed Gems from the Taft Museum of Art. Each show will offer audiences the opportunity to continue to enjoy the museum’s storied artworks, but also offer up new insights as the works get reinterpreted for a 21st-century audience.

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Taft Museum of Art Announces Public Programs for 2021 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, April 12-26, 2021

Fashion designer Asha Ama Bias-Daniels will lead public programs, teach workshops, and visit schools across Greater Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (March 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society kicks off the 34th Annual Duncanson Artist-in-Residence this April with fashion designer Asha Ama Bias-Daniels. Bias-Daniels is most widely recognized as the first Cincinnati designer to be a competitor on the television series Project Runway as a finalist on Under the Gunn and as a returning contestant for the newest All Stars season. 

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Taft Museum of Art Announces 34th Annual Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, Project Runway alum Asha Ama Bias-Daniels

Exploring Black identity through fashion, Daniels will lead public programs, teach workshops, and visit schools across Greater Cincinnati April 12-26, 2021

CINCINNATI, OH (January 26, 2021)—The Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society welcomes fashion designer Asha Ama Bias-Daniels as the 2021 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, which will now take place annually each Spring.

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Taft Museum of Art Announces $10.7 Million Capital Campaign

Love This House Campaign will raise critical funding needed for the Taft’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project 

CINCINNATI, OH (October 30, 2020)—The Taft Museum of Art’s Love This House Campaign will raise the critical funding needed to ensure the future stability of the Taft’s 200-year-old historic house as part of the Museum’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project. The Museum is seeking to raise $10.7 million by Spring 2022 and secure a 4:1 matching grant for $750,000 through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Taft Museum of Art Continues 200th Anniversary of Historic House with Self-Organized Exhibition, A Splendid Century

Discover the artists who inspired an era, from Robert S. Duncanson to Rookwood Pottery

CINCINNATI, OH (September 9, 2020)—The Taft Museum of Art celebrates its historic house’s bicentennial year with two self-organized exhibitions, A Splendid Century: Cincinnati Art 1820-1920 (October 3, 2020–January 24, 2021) and Built to Last: The Taft Historic House at 200 (now on view).

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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $750k Grant for Taft Museum of Art

Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant awarded to support Taft’s Historic House renovations in Bicentennial year

CINCINNATI, OH (January 14, 2020)—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced, via a press release, that the Taft Museum of Art (TMA) has been awarded the competitive Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant in the maximum amount: $750,000. The grant will directly support the TMA’s Bicentennial infrastructure project kicking off later this year. The funds will help to preserve and reconstruct the Museum’s 200-year-old Historic House.

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