CINCINNATI (April 20, 2006) , Plans are underway for a May 11 benefit honoring Taft Museum of Art Museum Director
Phillip Long and his wife Whitney Rowe Long
intention to retire in December 2005, after 12 years overseeing the Museum.
Attendees of this Black and White Ball are promised an elegant evening of dinner, dancing, and a look back at a career that has had a great impact on Cincinnati's arts community.The Michael Carney Orchestra of New York will provide music.La Petite Pierre will cater the event.Camargo Rentals will supply the event equipment.
Under Mr. Long's
direction, the Taft's attendance has grown to more than 60,000 visitors annually.He
facilitated the creation of a long-range strategic plan, which led to a major renovation of the historic house, as well as the first expansion of the Museum.
has been involved with various Cincinnati arts organizations for more than 30 years, spending time on the boards of the Contemporary Arts Center
, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Art Academy of Cincinnati
, the Cincinnati Music Hall Association
, Cincinnati Nature Center
, and Cincinnati Country Day School
.He currently continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Cincinnati Arts
Association, President of the Convalescent Hospital for Children, and Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.After his retirement, he will continue to work as a member of the Board of Overseers at the Taft.
The Museum is in the process of organizing a search committee to fill the directorship.Mr. Long
will remain on staff until a replacement is hired.