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VOL. 129 | NO. 147 | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Brooks Museum Director Takes Position in Cincinnati

By Don Wade

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(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Cameron Kitchin is leaving his position as director of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to become director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Board President Nathan Bicks said that Harry Goldsmith, the current vice president of the museum’s Board of Trustees, will serve as interim director until a permanent successor is put in place. Goldsmith, who recently retired as general counsel from AutoZone Inc., and is currently senior counsel to Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, has been involved with the Brooks as a trustee and benefactor for many years.

“We are fortunate to be able to draw on someone with the caliber of Harry Goldsmith to assure that this transition period is seamless and the Brooks stays on mission,” Bicks said. “He grew up at this institution and knows the importance of its role in our community.”

A Trustee Search Committee, headed by Lisa Kranc, retired senior vice president of marketing at AutoZone Inc., will be formed in the coming weeks to begin the process of recruiting Kitchin’s successor.

Kitchin became the Brooks’ 14th director in November 2008. During his tenure, Brooks Museum has achieved financial stability and advanced its reach into local neighborhoods and communities while growing audiences and forging new partnerships with arts and social service organizations.

Over the last six years, the Brooks Museum has organized major exhibitions such as Venice in the Age of Canaletto, The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South, The Impressionist Revolution, and Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper. During Kitchin’s tenure, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has advanced new scholarship via educational initiatives and family programming, including a groundbreaking program in early childhood education in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

“Through Cameron’s leadership, the Brooks Museum has solidified its financial stability and gained a clearer view of its mission as our community’s arts education leader,” Bicks said.

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