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Curator of Drawings and Interim Co-Chief Curator
Heather Lemonedes joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2002 and was named curator of drawings in 2010. She is responsible for the museum’s collection of European and American drawings ranging from the 15th century to the present.
Lemonedes has been involved in several exhibitions and contributed to numerous publications. In 2004 she curated Nature Sublime: Landscapes from the Nineteenth Century, a selection of prints and drawings from the museum’s collection. In 2006–7, she co-curated the international loan exhibition Monet in Normandy, an exhibition of fifty paintings, and contributed to the exhibition catalogue. In 2009-10 she was the lead curator for the international loan exhibition Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889, co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, and was general editor and contributing author of the accompanying publication. Most recently, she curated Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris, a selection of works on paper from the museum’s collection. British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, featuring a number of acquisitions made over the last decade as well as several promised gifts, opened in spring 2013. Lemonedes authored the accompanying catalogue, the first in a series that highlight aspects of the museum’s collection of light-sensitive treasures.
Lemonedes is an adjunct associate professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, where she has taught courses on Impressionism to Symbolism as well as a special topics course on Paul Gauguin. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, specializing in European art of the nineteenth century; an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, focusing on nineteenth-century French and English paintings; and a BA in art history from Vassar College. She was the recipient of a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Travel Fellowship in the History of Art, as well as the New York Times Foundation Fellowship Grant for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum Exchange Program. Before coming to Cleveland, she was assistant vice president and specialist in the print department at Christie’s, New York, and supervised the print study room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.