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Art museum executive

Otto Wittmann, Art museum executive. Decorated officer Legion of Honor, France, officer Order Orange Nassau, Netherlands, commander Arts and Letters France; commander Order of MeritItaly).


Wittmann, Otto was born on September 1, 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Otto and Beatrice Knox (Billingsley) Wittmann.


Student, Country Day School, Kansas City. AB, Harvard University, 1933. Postgraduate, 1938; Postgraduate Carnegie scholar, 1937.

Doctor of Laws, University Toledo. Doctor of Fine Arts, Hillsdale College. Doctor of Fine Arts, Bowling Green State University.

Doctor of Fine Arts, University Michigan. Doctor of Fine Arts, Kenyon College. Doctor of Fine Arts, Skidmore College.


Curator prints, Nelson Gallery Art, Kansas City, 1933-1937;instructor history of art, Emerson School, Boston, 1937-1938;curator, Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, New York, 1938-1941;instructor history of art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1938-1941;assistant director, Portland (Oregon) Museum Art, 1941;associate director, Toledo Museum Art, 1946-1959;trustee, Toledo Museum Art, since 1958;director, Toledo Museum Art, 1959-1976;director emeritus, Toledo Museum Art, since 1977. Vice president, consultant, art advisor, since 1977. Trustee, consultant Los Angeles CountyMus.

Art, 1977-1978; vice chairman, trustee, consultant Jean Paul Getty Trust, since 1977. Organizer exhibitions art activities American museums United States Information Agency, 1953-1955. Editorial consultant Gazette des Beaux Arts.

Vice chairman National Collection Fine Arts Commission. Board directors Toledo Trust Company. Consultant Clark The Art Institute of Chicago, since 1990.


  • Other Work

    • Editorial chairman Toledo Museum Catalogue of European Paintings and Guide to Collections. Writer numerous museum catalogues, professional articles.


Founding member National Council Arts. Member museum panel National Endowment of the Humanities. Chairman advisory panel National Foundation Arts and Humanities.

Member art advisory panel Internal Revenue Service. Member national arts accessions committee United States embassies. Member United States-International Council of Museums National Committee.

Former secretary general committee pour Musées du Verre, International Council of Museums. Founding member Ohio Arts Council. Sponsor National Trust School, Attingham, Shropshire, England Major Army of the United States, United States Army Air Force, Office of Strategic Services, 1941-1946.

Fellow Museums Association (England). Member Intermus. Conservation Association (president 1955-1956, trustee), Harvard Society Contemporary Art (co-director 1931-1933), Association Art Museum Directors (president 1961-1962, 71-72), American Association Museums (former vice president, Distinguished Service to Museum award 1987), College Art Association, Archeological Institute American, International Institute for Conservation of History and Artistic Works, Society Architectural Historians, Verien der Freunde Antiker Kunst, American Society French Legion Honneur, Alliance Francaise de Toledo (trustee), Phi Kappa Phi. Clubs: Traveller's (London).

Century Association (New York City). Toledo, Harvard (president 1956-1957), Rotary (president 1963-1964).


Married Margaret Carlisle Hill, June 9, 1945 (deceased July 1997). Children: William Hill, John Carlisle.

Otto Wittmann

Beatrice Knox (Billingsley) Wittmann

Margaret Carlisle Hill

William Hill Wittmann

John Carlisle Wittmann