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.”