OMA Award Spotlight – Lynne D. Ambrosini

Recognizing excellence in Ohio museums during Arts and Humanities Month

To help celebrate October as Arts and Humanities Month, and to kick-off the call for nominations for this year's OMA awards, the Ohio Museums Association is highlighting our 2016 OMA Award of Achievement winners throughout the month with our OMA Award Spotlight. 

Click here to see our previous award spotlight articles.

The Awards of Achievement are presented to reflect the outstanding quality and caliber of work by Ohio museums and their professionals in two categories: Institutional Achievement Awards and Individual Achievement Awards.

Nominations for these awards are incredibly detailed. This in-depth process helps to illustrate how these institutions and individuals have gone “above and beyond” the normal call of duty to support their institution, serve their public and advance the cause of the museum community.

Each year, the review panel is overwhelmed by the outstanding projects, innovative programming and dedication to our field as exhibited in each of the institutional and individual nominations. Congratulations again to each of our award winners! 

Today we'll be featuring our winner for the 2016 award for Professional of the Year.

Lynne D. Ambrosini – Taft Museum of Art

In February of 2016, The Taft Museum of Art opened the exhibit Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape, organized by Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lynne Ambrosini.

The phrase “it didn’t come together overnight” would be a bit of an understatement. Lynne dedicated over 14 years of curatorial work to make this exhibit possible - through tireless planning, travel to more than 105 cities across the U.S. and Europe, diligent research, and determined scholarship on an artist that had been relatively overlooked, but incredibly influential.

Before Lynne spearheaded this effort, Daubigny had never been the subject of a major international exhibition, despite being a key mentor for the Impressionists.

The exhibit also marked the first time the Taft Museum of Art had planned and organized an international exhibition, partnering with the Scottish National Gallery and the Van Gogh Museum. The directors in both Edinburgh and Amsterdam shared that without Lynne’s scholarship, the exhibit would never have been possible.

The exhibit brought national attention to both Taft and the region, with attendance reaching an all-time high of 20,139 and bringing visitors from 44 states and eight countries. One colleague wrote: “Lynne’s Accomplishment showed all of us at the Taft Museum of Art what we were able to achieve.”

Since receiving the OMA Professional of the Year award, Lynne Ambrosini has won several other recognitions, including:

  • Ohio Museums Association, 2016 Visual Communications Award, Silver Award for Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape exhibition suite of materials
  • Ohioana Library Association, 2017 Certificate of Recognition for Literary and Artistic Achievement, Lynne Ambrosini, curator of Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape
  • Association of Midwest Museums, 2016 Distinguished Career Award, Lynne Ambrosini, curator of Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape  

Congratulations again to the Lynne for these accomplishments!


Do you know someone who exudes outstanding leadership and professionalism, whose work leads to the continual growth and development of your organization?  Be sure to nominate them for the 2017 award for Professional of the Year! Learn more here.

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