Contemporary Arts Center announces Regina Carswell Russo as new Chief of Communications
CINCINNATI, OH (May 14, 2014) The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to announce that Regina Carswell Russo will be joining their staff as Chief of Communications. Ms. Russo comes to the Contemporary Arts Center after four years as Director of Marketing and Communications with the Cincinnati Art Museum. Prior to the Cincinnati Art Museum, she worked at WXIX-TV FOX19, for 15 years as a news reporter and anchor. Ms. Russo has more than 24 years of combined experience in radio/television media, marketing/public relations and community/diversity engagement.
“The Contemporary Arts Center is THE cultural arts center that impacts regional and global communities by providing changing arts experiences that challenge, entertain and educate,” says Raphaela Platow, Alice & Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center, “ and to have Regina who has a proven record of strong storytelling and community engagement join our team and help us tell that story locally, regionally and nationally is thrilling.”
The story of the Contemporary Arts Center began 75 years ago in 1939 Peggy Frank Crawford, Betty Pollack and Rita Rentschler raised $5000 and created the Modern Art Society (MAS). Within a few years, the MAS had exhibited Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, Beckman, Klee and many more in the lower levels of the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 1952, the MAS changed their name to the Contemporary Arts Center and in 1964 they earned a space of their own in downtown, Cincinnati. In 2003, the CAC moved into the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts by architect Zaha Hadid. The NY Times called the structure, “the best new building since the Cold War.
The Contemporary Arts Center celebrates its 75thanniversary with a near sold out gala this Friday May 16th. red,black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb)” is scheduled for May 30, 2014, a hybrid performance work that brings the stories and voices of Black America into the center of a timely conversation about race, class, culture and the environment.And in 2015, the Contemporary Arts Center will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the exhibit that put it on the national map. In 1990, Robert Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment led to an obscenity trial. The center plans an event themed on First Amendment issues in the arts today.
I want to thank Regina for the four years she dedicated to the Art Museum. We wish her the best as she begins a new journey at the CAC. I also want to congratulate the CAC on their 75th anniversary” said Dave Linnenberg, Interim Director and Chief Administrative Officer.
Current Director of Marketing and Communications Stacy Sims, a former CAC Board member is leaving CAC after launching their new website to pursue her work as the founder of the True Body Project. She wrote about the decision to return to writing and teaching in her blog last month. Ms. Russo who begins her new position in June will oversee all marketing and media communications. Additionally, with Platow she will serve as primary spokesperson for the Contemporary Arts Center, and oversee Visitor Services, Design and the CAC store.