Tuesday, August 24, 1999

Art museum near director selection


Top candidate may be man from Dartmouth College

BY OWEN FINDSEN
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Art Museum will select a new director when its executive committee meets a week from today.

        The most likely candidate is Timothy Rub, director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.

        Cincinnati Art Museum President and search committee chairman John Beatty said he could not confirm or deny the choice. “There are other candidates in the queue,” he said.

        The search committee will present its findings to the museumexecutive committee next Tuesday. “It is up to the executive committee to make the decision,” he said.

        Anita Ellis, acting director of the museum, said last week that the search committee was in agreement on a candidate, whom she could not identify, and that they were “very excited” about the choice.

        The previous director, Barbara K. Gibbs, announced her resignation in March and left in June.

        Mr. Rub, who is in his mid-40s, is an architectural historian. He has been director of the Hood since 1991. Previously he curated numerous exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and other museums in New York and New England.

        Mr. Rub, who is on vacation, could not be reached for comment.

        The Hood is one of the largest and oldest college museums in the United States. The American Museum Association has praised it as a “national model” for college museums.

        It has a large collection of American and European art, Near- and Far Eastern art, pre-Columbian, African and Oceanic art. The Hood also has an extensive schedule of contemporary exhibitions, including a biennial for regional artists.

       



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