Brian Kennedy, Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director
Brian Kennedy has been president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art since 2010. He oversees a 36-acre campus housing one of America’s great art collections in three architecturally significant buildings. He came to the Museum with extensive experience in senior leadership positions at art museums in Ireland, Australia and the United States.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Kennedy studied art history and history at University College in Dublin, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. A strategic thinker and collaborative leader, he has overseen the development of a strategic plan for the Toledo Museum of Art that strongly integrates it into the community. The plan has focused on sustainability, especially through alternative energy sources, building staff capacity, introducing new technologies and developing an initiative to promote visual literacy. Diverse exhibition programming and significant art acquisitions have enhanced Toledo’s reputation.
From 2005-2010, Kennedy was director of Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire, which has one of the largest and finest art collections at an American college or university.
Prior to coming to the United States, Kennedy spent eight years as assistant director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (1989-1997) and seven years as director of the National Gallery of Australia (1997-2004) in Canberra. While in Australia, he initiated a free admission policy, increased attendance through a series of major exhibitions and acquisitions, and oversaw a total building refurbishment as well as an expansion to accommodate major temporary exhibitions.
He is a past chair of the Irish Association of Art Historians (1996-97) and of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (2001-03). He is a trustee and treasurer of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums and a member of the International Association of Art Critics. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary of Federation medal by the Australian Government for service to Australian society and its art. In 2013 he was appointed inaugural eminent professor at the University of Toledo. Most recently, Kennedy received the 2014 Northwest Region, Ohio Art Education Association award for distinguished educator for art education.
Todd Ahrens, Director of Development
Todd Ahrens was named director of development in October 2013. He has extensive experience in arts and educational fundraising, marketing and finance, and has held senior-level development positions at the University of Findlay, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy. He was previously a staff member at the Toledo Museum of Art from 1997-2005, having held a variety of positions in the development department, including associate director of development and interim director of development. He began his nonprofit career with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ahrens received his M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. in international business and German from Simpson College. He has served on boards for several organizations, including the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Black Swamp Arts Festival, Ohio Museums Association and Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.
Mike Deetsch, Director of Education and Engagement
Mike Deetsch joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff in 2013 as assistant director of education. He was named the Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement in 2015, overseeing the docent program, art classes and museum curriculum. Prior to joining the staff at TMA, Deetsch served as a senior museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition and programs director at the Lexington Art League, and the student programs manager at the Kentucky Historical Society. In 2012 he was selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen program. Deetsch received his M.S. in Art Education from the Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art History from Hanover College.
Adam Levine, Deputy Director
Adam Levine, Ph.D., is the deputy director and curator of ancient art at the Toledo Museum of Art. As deputy director, he is responsible for brand marketing and communications, education and engagement, information systems, and collections. Levine came to TMA as part of the Museum’s Mellon Fellowship program from the Greek & Roman Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His background includes doctorate and master’s degrees in art history from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and bachelor’s degrees in art history, anthropology, and mathematics and social sciences from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Levine worked in investment banking before co-founding Art Research Technologies, a quantitative art-finance company sold to a London-based firm. Levine has consulted for Sotheby’s and Art & Auction Magazine, and several national and international museums. He has also served as an art market and policy analyst for the think tank Oxford Analytica.
Lynn Miller, Assistant Director
Lynn Miller joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff in June 2013 as director of human resources. In July 2016, she was promoted to assistant director where she is responsible for protective services and facilities as well as oversees all aspects of people resources, including diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bowling Green State University and has studied human resources and organizational design on the graduate level. She also holds Human Resource Business Partner Certification from the Society for Human Resource Management, the leading national human resources professional association and accreditation organization.
Prior to coming to the Museum, Miller was a senior human resources consultant with the Hanover Insurance Group of Worcester, Mass., a human resources partner business partner with Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting in Ann Arbor, Mich. and the human resources manager for Domino’s Pizza Corp. in Ann Arbor and in Houston. Miller is originally from Archbold, Ohio.
Lawrence Nichols, Senior Curator
Lawrence W. Nichols is William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900. He joined TMA in 1992 after being associate curator of the John G. Johnson Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A specialist in northern Baroque painting, his book The Paintings of Hendrick Goltzius, 1558-1617, A Monograph and Catalogue Raisonné was published in March 2013. He took his Ph.D. from Columbia University and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Nichols has curated major exhibitions at the TMA including “Manet: Portraying Life”, “Van Gogh: Fields”, and “Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master: Drawings, Prints, and Paintings”. He has been responsible for a number of important acquisitions including works by Giordano, Hals, Guercino, Chardin, and Delacroix. He is the curatorial liaison to The Apollo Society, TMA’s art acquisition group.
Nichols serves on the old master paintings vetting committee of The European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht and the Arts and Artifacts International Indemnity Advisory Panel of National Endowment for the Arts, and previously served as on the Art Advisory Committee of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. He was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2010 and at the Clark Art Institute in 1999.
Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Halona Norton-Westbrook received her B.A. from Mills College, her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. Norton-Westbrook’s expertise is a distinctive intersection between art history and museum studies; her doctoral research centered on the history of collecting in American and British art museums and the development of the curatorial profession. As Director of Curatorial Affairs Norton-Westbrook oversees the Curatorial, Exhibitions, and Conservation departments; she is also the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.