The Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati has been gifted $5 million from the late philanthropist Sallie Robinson Wadsworth. According to WCPO Cincinnati, the funds will be used to establish an endowment for its chief curator position, which is currently held by Lynne D. Ambrosini. The donation will also allow the institution to hire an assistant curator, increasing the museum’s curatorial staff to four.
Wadsworth, a longtime supporter of the museum, passed away on November 22, 2017. She was a member of the institution’s first docent class and served as a board member from 1985 until 2015. “I am deeply honored to carry the new title that bears Sallie Robinson Wadsworth’s name,” said Ambrosini. “Over the past decades, she came to personify enlightened philanthropy in Cincinnati. Committed to advancing knowledge of the arts, Sallie combined immense generosity with a rare understanding of the role of scholarship in curatorial work; her presence has been inspirational to me and to my predecessors.”