Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Heather Lemonedes was appointed chief curator at the CMA in May 2016. She joined the curatorial staff in 2002, and was named curator of drawings in 2010. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University.
Lemonedes has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions accompanied by scholarly catalogues at the CMA, including British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art (2013); Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 (2009), co-organized with the Van Gogh Museum in 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, Lemonedes 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).
Lemonedes 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 was employed in the Prints and Drawings Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Print Department at Christie’s, New York. A former board member of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, she also served two terms as president of the Vassar Club of Cleveland.