What a great pleasure to meet scholar and patron of contemporary art, Emily Rauh Pulitzer as she received this year’s Cincinnati Art Award from the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Emily grew up in Cincinnati in the first International Style home to be built in the United States. Built by her parents in the Woodlawn area, Emily relayed how neighbors were horrified by the drastic, new design, but how wonderful it was to grow up in a home full of open space and light, very conducive to displaying art!
The award was established to honor a Cincinnatian who has had a significant impact on the culture at a national and international level through the making, collecting or promoting of visual art. Emily served as curator at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum and the St. Louis Museum of Art prior to her marriage to Joseph Pulitzer III, with whom she shared a great love for contemporary art. She is the founder and chair of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis and was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts in 2011. Thank you Emily for sharing stories of your journey as well as your experiences and insights about contemporary art.