The former assistant director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, and former director of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, will lead the Toledo Museum of Art beginning in September, museum officials announced June 30.
Brian P. Kennedy, 48, will leave his director position at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art to become Toledo Museum of Art’s ninth director after a nearly nine-month search by the Toledo Museum.
More than 100 candidates applied for the position, said Board of Directors Chairwoman Elizabeth Brady.
“We were thrilled with the number of people who were interested,” she said.
Kennedy, a native to Ireland, said he was impressed with Toledo Museum of Art after he visited the museum a few years ago. Although the museum’s 30,000 works are fewer in quantity than other museums Kennedy has worked in, he said the quality of the art is what matters.
“This is a knock your socks off collection,” he said also calling the museum “exquisite,” “sophisticated” and “elegant.”
Kennedy said he has not made specific plans for the museum, but he will draw on past experience and work with employees to move the museum forward.
“This city can do great things in the world…and Toledo Museum of Art can be a leader with it,” he said.