FRONT Executive Director Fred Bidwell wins the Ohio Museums Association Museum Advocate award!
Sunday March 26, 2023–
FRONT Founder and Executive Director Fred Bidwell wins the Ohio Museums Association 2022 "Museum Advocate" award. Fred is a community leader, philanthropist, and collector who has tirelessly championed Ohio museums and arts institutions. Fred has served as interim Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, as Board President of Akron Art Museum, and currently serves on the Board of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin, and chairs the Board of Assembly for the Arts. Fred opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art museum on Cleveland's west side, with his wife Laura in 2013 and recently gifted it to the Cleveland Museum of Art. He also founded FRONT International, a contemporary art triennial that attracts thousands of visitors to cultural institutions across the region, generating significant economic impact, and bringing outsize press to Northeast Ohio’s arts and culture sector.