CINCINNATI, OH/OLD LYME, CONN.—The Board of Directors of the Taft Museum of Art has announced the selection of Rebekah (Becky) Beaulieu as the museum’s next Louise Taft Semple President and CEO.
Beaulieu is currently Director of the Florence Griswold Museum, an American Alliance of Museums-accredited National Historic Landmark, house museum, and modern exhibition space dedicated to American art, history, and landscape in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Since Beaulieu’s appointment in 2018, she has made significant changes in the depth of programming and connection to the community.
Beaulieu also serves as Accreditation Commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums, Vice President of the New England Museum Association, and Treasurer of the American Association for State and Local History.
Beaulieu’s work has received recognition as the author of Financial foundations for historical house museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) and Equipment basics for museums (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).
Beaulieu grew up in Milwaukee and received her PhD from Boston University in American and New England Studies Historic house museums and America’s urban Midwest Offering underrepresented scholarships in this field.
Beaulieu also holds a master’s degree in art history and museology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in art administration from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from George Washington University.
In addition to her current roles, she has also held positions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, Maine), the Milwaukee County Historical Society (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and the Lookingglass Theater Company (Chicago, Illinois).
“We are excited to welcome Becky as Taft’s next President and CEO, and excited that she and her husband, Patrick, will join our vibrant Cincinnati community,” said Jill T. McGruder, vice chair of the board. “Becky will bring her impressive skills in community engagement, human resource support and financial management to the museum at an important moment in its history, having recently celebrated our bicentenary and the preservation of our landmark.”
This appointment marks a critical era for taft, whose world-renowned collection and regional heritage make it an important national treasure. Beaulieu will build on the organization’s community-focused commitment and enthusiasm following the museum’s bicentennial infrastructure project, and ignite a new creative energy around the unique cultural jewel.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Taft Museum of Art and look forward to working with its visionary board and exceptional staff to lead the museum into its exciting next chapter as a beacon of 21st century preservation and engagement. It is a true honor to be selected to lead an institution known for its commitment to excellence and to join Cincinnati’s vibrant arts community,” says Beaulieu.
Beaulieu will officially join the museum on September 19, 2022 as President and CEO of Louise Taft Semple.
The board-appointed selection committee conducted a nationwide search and engaged the recruitment consultants of Museum Search & Reference, LLC.
Editor’s Notes: i) The above press release was issued by the Taft Museum of Art on August 1, 2022.
ii) Tucked away in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the Taft Museum of Art is a living landmark where art and history are ever-present. Built in the 1820s as a private home for several of Cincinnati’s most prominent citizens, the Taft Museum of Art is now one of the top small art museums in America and has National Historic Landmark status for its historic home and Duncanson murals. Visit taftmuseum.org for more information.