Q&A with Carolyn Putney

. April 1, 2015.


After 37 years at the Toledo Museum of Art, Carolyn Putney has retired to take time to focus on the travel business she owns with her husband, Dr. Richard Putney, an art history professor at the University of Toledo. At the museum, she was in charge of acquiring and interpreting Asian works of art, and was an administrator for the curatorial area. She also plans to work as a private curator for a Toledo family.

Fondest memory: 

Getting married in Paris at the American Cathedral.

Proudest accomplishment: 

My 37-year career at the Toledo Museum of Art, and the 2013 Fresh Impressions Japanese print exhibition I curated at TMA.

Prized possession: 

My family and friends.

Favorite place to be: 

Venice, Italy

Favorite family artifact: 

A small stuffed red lobster that my husband won for me when we were dating.

Best advice you’ve ever received: 

Follow your passion and dreams – you will be amazed at what you do!


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