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Dennis Ray Barrie

director , executive director

Dennis Ray Barrie, museum director. Active international arts panel National Education Association/United States Information Agency, Washington, 1984-1986, art in public pls. and visual arts panel Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, 1986-1990; panelist Cinn. Bicentennial Commission; Member Association Art Museum Directors, American Association Museum, Ohio Museum Association, College Art Association.

Background

Barrie, Dennis Ray was born on July 9, 1947 in Cleveland. Son of David Ray and Evelyn (Vild) Barrie.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Oberlin College, 1969. Master of Science, Oberlin College, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Wayne State University, 1983.

Career

He was the Director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center from 1983-1992. In 1990 Barrie and the gallery were indicted on pornography charges stemming from an exhibit of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe entitled The Perfect Moment. At trial, a Cincinnati jury acquitted Barrie and the Center.

The controversy was later chronicled in a TV movie titled "Dirty Pictures". Barrie went on to become a co-creator of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where he served as an executive director from 1993-1998. From 1998 to 2005 Barrie served as president of the Malrite Company where he oversaw the opening of the International Spy Museum, in Washington DC.

Membership

Active international arts panel National Education Association/United States Information Agency, Washington, 1984-1986, art in public pls. and visual arts panel Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, 1986-1990. Panelist Cinn. Bicentennial Commission. Member Association Art Museum Directors, American Association Museum, Ohio Museum Association, College Art Association.

Connections

Married Dianne Hester, September 28, 1977. Children: Ian Michael, Kevin James.

father:
David Ray Barrie

mother:
Evelyn (Vild) Barrie

spouse:
Dianne Hester

children:
Ian Michael Barrie

Kevin James Barrie