Heather Lemonedes Brown
Virginia N. and Randall J. Barbato Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Heather Lemonedes Brown was appointed chief curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art in May 2016. She oversees the Collections Division, which includes the curatorial, conservation, collections management, and performing arts departments along with the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives. She joined the curatorial staff of the CMA in 2002 and was named curator of drawings in 2010. She also serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University.
Brown has curated and cocurated numerous exhibitions with scholarly catalogues at the CMA, including Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900 (2021), co-organized with the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art (2013); Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 (2009), co-organized with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; and Monet in Normandy (2007), co-organized with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the North Carolina Museum of Art. In addition, Brown has curated various exhibitions for the prints and drawings galleries, including Pure Color: Pastels from the Cleveland Museum of Art (2016–17); Imagining the Garden (2015–16); Themes and Variations: Musical Drawings and Prints (2015); and Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in 19th-Century Paris (2012). She has published widely on 19th-century European art.
Brown received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Vassar College, a master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and a PhD from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Previously, she has been employed in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Print Department at Christie’s, New York. She has served on the board of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and fulfilled two terms as president of the Vassar Club of Cleveland.