Charlotte Swanson Cleeland
Charlotte Swanson Cleeland was active/lived in Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota. Charlotte Cleeland is known for town and landscape painting, teaching, interior design.
Charlotte Swanson Cleeland, an art instructor at
Albion College from 1927 to 1937, passed away Sept. 23, 2002 at the age of 97. A
one-woman department while at Albion, she taught classes on design, painting
and art history. Among her students was internationally known painter Philip
Curtis, '30, and Marjorie Field, '36, the first winner of the VOGUE Paris Prize
After leaving Albion in 1937, she moved with her
husband, Joseph Cleeland, to Jacksonville, IL, where they both taught at
MacMurray College for many years.
Mrs. Cleeland later owned and operated an interior
design business in Jacksonville, but continued to paint throughout her life. Her
paintings were featured in an exhibition on campus during Albion's
Sesquicentennial celebration in 1985.
She is survived by a son and a daughter.
Submitted October, 2009 by Jean Schwartz, whose source
was this obituary from an Albion College newsletter. She also wrote: "I also found a citation in The University
of Chicago bulletin (February, 1997) that Charlotte Swanson, A.M. '27, had
paintings on exhibit in October, 1996 for the sesquicentennial of Mac Murray
College in Jacksonville, IL."
Born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1904, Charlotte Swanson Cleeland moved
with her family to Manhattan, Kansas when she was one year old.
She received a degree from Kansas State College in 1926; an MA degree
from the University of Chicago in 1927.
Cleeland studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art and the
Art Students League. She was a pupil of Kimon Nicolaides,
Hayley Lever and Jean Charlot.
She organized and headed the Department of Art, Albion College in Albion, Michigan, 1928-37.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
WKDC (Kansas Artists, compiled by Woman’s Kansas Day Club. January 29, 1964. Typed Manuscript.).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.