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 Charlotte Swanson Cleeland  (1904 - )

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Michigan/Illinois/Minnesota      Known for: town and landscape painting, teaching, interior design

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:

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 for art.

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.”


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
Detroit Museum of Fine Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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.

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