Director of Toledo Museum of Art leaving after 8 years

Brian P. Kennedy/The Toledo Museum of Art

TOLEDO, Ohio - Brian P. Kennedy, the Toledo Museum of Art's director for the last eight years will be taking be the next executive director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

“It has been an honor to serve as director of the Toledo Museum of Art,” Kennedy said. “I am deeply grateful to the Museum staff, our members, the TMA board and the local community for entrusting me to lead this institution, the gem of Toledo, for nearly nine years and to contribute to its rich history.”

Kennedy began his role as director, president and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art in September 2010 after working in Ireland, Australia as well as other museums in the U.S.

He studied art history and history at University College in Dublin, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

“Brian is a visionary museum director who has had a significant impact on TMA’s visitors, its collection, the campus and the surrounding community,” said Cynthia B. Thompson, chair of the Museum’s board. “His legacy will be felt in Toledo for generations to come.”

Kennedy is credited with expanding the museum’s goal of art education by launching a visual literacy initiative. The curriculum developed as part of this initiative, The Art of Seeing Art, served as the foundation for TMA’s teacher professional development workshops, staff training and the Center of Visual Expertise (COVE).

During Kennedy’s time as director, TMA averaged more than 400,000 visits per year.

The museum will name an interim director in the near future and then begin the search process for its next director over the next couple of months.

TMA was founded in 1901 and Kennedy served as the ninth director. His last day at TMA will be June 30, 2019.