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Museum director to discuss visual language at Honors College Distinguished Lecture

Just one look — it’s an eyeful everywhere these days.

“We live in a visually saturated world,” said Dr. Brian Kennedy, president, director and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art. “We take in up to 90 percent of our information with our eyes. Did anyone ever train you to use them?”


He will give a talk titled “Do You Speak Visual? Learning Visual Language” as the finale of the 2014-15 UT Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

Tickets for the event are free and available here.

Kennedy oversees the Toledo Museum of Art’s 36-acre campus and its art collections in three architecturally significant buildings. He arrived in the Glass City in 2010, bringing extensive experience in senior leadership positions after working at art museums in Ireland, Australia and the United States.

He has led the development of a strategic plan for the Toledo Museum of Art that focuses on sustainability through alternative energy sources, building staff capacity, introducing new technologies, and establishing an initiative to promote visual literacy.

The art historian and curator has written seven books, including Sean Scully: The Art of the Stripe (2009) and Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons, 1965-66 (2010).

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Kennedy studied art history and history at University College in Dublin, where he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

“We are excited to have such a respected figure in the art world share his thoughts with the UT and Toledo communities on how to enhance our visual language skills,” UT Interim Provost John Barrett said.


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