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CINCINNATI, OH (October 2023)—Art Bridges Foundation invited the Taft Museum of Art among a select cohort of museums across the nation to participate in the Access for All pilot program—a transformative, three-year funding initiative aimed at increasing access to museums across America and fostering engagement with local audiences. The new $30 million initiative will provide support by covering the costs of admission, programming, marketing, outreach, and additional efforts that reduce barriers to access.
CINCINNATI, OH (October 2023)—In a generous demonstration of their belief in access to culture and education for every member of our community, Carol and William “Bill” Eckerle have left an $18 million gift to three leading Cincinnati institutions. Bequests of roughly $6 million each will support the endowments of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center and the Taft Museum of Art.
CINCINNATI, OH (September 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art is seeking a culinary artist with teaching experience and a commitment to social justice for the 2024 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence. The resident artist will actively engage the Cincinnati community April 7– 24, 2024. To honor the relationship between Black American painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821–1872) and Cincinnati art patron Nicholas Longworth (1782–1863), the Taft Museum of Art and the Robert S. Duncanson Society annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of contemporary Black artists through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.
CINCINNATI, OH (September 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art’s portrait of Michiel de Wael travels to the National Gallery, London and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam for the first major comprehensive exhibition devoted to Frans Hals in 30 years, Frans Hals. While on loan, the Taft welcomes a rare work by another Dutch master from the Rijksmuseum, Jan Steen’s Adolf and Catharina Croeser, October 14, 2023–June 16, 2024.
CINCINNATI, OH (August 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960 (on view October 14, 2023– January 14, 2024), a traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of Arts and the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles. Sporting Fashion is the first show to explore the evolution of women’s sporting attire in Western fashion over this 160-year period. The exhibition includes over 60 fully accessorized ensembles comprised of more than 400 objects selected from the exceptional collections of the FIDM Museum.
CINCINNATI, OH (June 2023)—After a nationwide search, Ellen E. Roberts has been named the Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Director of Curatorial Affairs effective June 26, 2023 for the Taft Museum of Art, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Roberts will lead the Taft’s exhibition program, serve as the senior curator in charge of its curatorial and collections strategies, and oversee the stewardship and interpretation of the permanent collection and historic house.
CINCINNATI, OH (May 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art presents The Boat Trip: Etchings by Charles François Daubigny June 17–September 10, 2023. Rarely displayed publicly, this special exhibition documents Daubigny’s first studioboat voyages on the river Seine north of Paris. The etchings show the playful, whimsical side of the French artist known for paintings with innovative,water-level perspectives captured from his studio boat.
CINCINNATI, OH (May 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art welcomes audiences to experience The Enchanted Garden, a celebration honoring the museum’s newly restored Rowe Long Family Garden on May 12, 2023. The sold-out event is set to gross over $270,000 to support Taft’s educational and outreach programs well before the celebrations begin.
CINCINNATI, OH (April 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art welcomes a bold exhibition that explores the diverse perspectives of women since photography’s inception, from early pioneers to photographers still working today. On view June 3 to September 10, 2023, Modern Women/Modern Vision: Photography from the Bank of America Collection features approximately one hundred radically inventive photographic images at each phase of modern history, on loan through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.
CINCINNATI, OH (April 2023)—In partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s distinguished Diversity Fellowship program, the Taft Museum of Art welcomes cellist Anita Graef, as the 36th Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, April 16–30, 2023. The harmonious partnership is a collaboration between two award-winning programs focused on elevating the profile of Black and Brown contemporary artists.
CINCINNATI, OH (February 2023)—For over 30 years, the Taft Museum of Art has celebrated students and their artwork with the annual program and exhibition, Artists Reaching Classrooms. Through this award-winning program, the Taft provides educational outreach and supports career opportunities in the creative sector for high school students across Greater Cincinnati. This year’s student participants will be returning to display their artwork at The Annex Gallery for an exhibition titled Expression, where the community can share in celebrating their achievements. Students' awards will be announced at the opening on Thursday, March 23 from 5–7 p.m.
CINCINNATI, OH (February 2023)—The Taft Museum of Art presents Universal Magnetic, a solo show featuring new work by Cincinnati-based artist Terence Hammonds February 16–June 4, 2023. This special exhibition showcases collages and ceramic works that recontextualize historical images and motifs to memorialize Black figures in United States history.
CINCINNATI, OH (December 2022)— Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty
Davis Collection of African American Art features over 60 works from the personal collection
of Kerry Davis—a retired postal worker—and C. Betty Davis—a former television news
producer—at the Taft Museum of Art February 4–May 14, 2023.
CINCINNATI, OH (September 2022)—Although scarce in museum collections, fakes
and forgeries provide some of the most compelling stories in the art world. Of the hundreds
of works in the Taft Museum of Art collection, the number of attribution mysteries is few, but
immensely captivating. On view October 22, 2022–February 5, 2023, Fakes, Forgeries, and
Followers in the Taft Collection displays a selection of these museum works, many of which
have not been seen by the public in more than 30 years.
CINCINNATI, OH (August 2022)— Nancy Ford Cones created photographs that earned her an international reputation and recognition in prestigious journals such as Camera Craft, as well as popular outlets including National Geographic magazine and Kodak advertisements. Despite the praise her works received during her lifetime, Cones’s imaginative and exquisitely crafted photographs were largely forgotten after her death. The Taft Museum of Art’s special exhibition, Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones (October 1, 2022–January 15, 2023) will be the first major presentation of her work.
CINCINNATI, OH (August 2022)—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced grant awards totaling $29,681,960 for museums across the nation to improve services to their communities. The Taft Museum of Art is one of nine Ohio museums to be selected through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, and its special initiatives.
CINCINNATI, OH (August 2022)—The Taft Museum of Art’s board of directors is pleased to announce the selection of Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu as the museum’s next Louise Taft Semple President and CEO.
CINCINNATI, OH—June 21, 2022—The Taft Museum of Art welcomed audiences to experience
Light Up the Night, a celebration honoring the museum’s newly completed Bicentennial
Infrastructure Project on June 18, 2022, and the museum’s 90th anniversary. The event
grossed over $300,000 to support Taft’s educational and outreach programs.
CINCINNATI, OH (May 2022)—The Taft Museum of Art’s Love This House capital campaign nears its $12.7 million goal, ensuring the completion of the Bicentennial Infrastructure Project this June. This coincides with the retirement of the museum’s long-time Louise Semple Taft President/CEO, Deborah Emont Scott. As the museum continues a nation-wide search for Scott’s successor, Lindsey NeCamp has been selected by the board of directors to lead the museum as chief operating officer and interim director as Scott plans her departure at the end of June.
CINCINNATI, OH (April 2022)—2022—The Ohio Museum Association (OMA) has presented the Taft Museum of Art with one of six 2021 OMA Awards of Achievement. The Taft Museum of Art received the award as the category winner of “Best Education and Outreach” with the nomination of the museum’s annual high school outreach program, Artists Reaching Classrooms, now in its 30th year. Each award is earned by demonstrating “the tireless work museum professionals undertake to advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level,” as stated in the OMA’s release.
CINCINNATI, OH (March 2022)—For 30 years, the Taft Museum of Art has celebrated students and their artwork with the annual program and exhibition, Artists Reaching Classrooms. Amid the ongoing pandemic and strapped educational resources for classrooms, the Taft has continued to ensure outreach and support future career opportunities for high students across Greater Cincinnati. This year’s student participants will be exhibiting their artwork at The Annex Gallery for an exhibition titled Revival, where the community can share in celebrating their achievements. Students' awards will be announced at the exhibition opening on Wednesday, March 23 from 6–8 p.m.
CINCINNATI, OH (February 2022)—The Taft Museum of Art welcomes Jane Austen: Fashion & Sensibility, a special exhibition displaying costumes from eight acclaimed film adaptations of Jane Austen’s classic novels. The collection is traveling from London, England for its North American debut at the Taft, on view June 11–September 4, 2022.