Friends of Art
Friends of Art, the volunteer support group for the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art History and Art provides direct services to students, faculty and its members through advocacy, educational and networking activities.
Your membership contributions enable FOA to support both undergraduate and graduate students and their research, to provide assistance to faculty and visiting lecturers, and to sponsor membership events.
Current 2019 plans can be found below under Calendar of Future Events, as well as on the Department of Art History and Art’s main page calendar. Both will be continually updated. Previous endeavors have included our Friend of Friends Faculty Lecture series, curatorial tours of exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, underwriting student prizes for the Cleveland Symposium and the Friends Prize for Distinction in Art History given at graduation, sponsorship of lectures on topics such as The Cleveland Free Stamp and Issues for American Museums Regarding Nazi Era Looted Art. Members have enjoyed tours of the Rose Iron Works, The Farm in the Country, as well as the collections of The Cleveland Clinic, John and Virginia Lindseth, and Gerald and Phyllis Seltzer.
We welcome new members. Our dues are $40 per individual or $60 per family. You can join or make gifts by either utilizing the secure University website:
or via mail
Friends of Art
College of Arts and Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7068
Friends of Art Steering Committee
Lee Warshawsky Harriet Wadsworth
Calendar of Future Events
Friend of Friends Annual Faculty Lecture on February 3rd at 3:00 pm, Clark Hall 206 – Baker Nord Room
Specular Souvenirs: Sports Memorabilia in the Roman Empire
Maggie Popkins, Robson Junior Professor, Associate Professor of Art History
Reception to follow
RSVP by January 28th, 2019
Debby Tenenbaum – 216-368-4118 / firstname.lastname@example.org
More to Come!
Our Recent Membership Gatherings
On a December 1st Saturday afternoon, Friends of Art and guests made their way to the Rose Iron Works for a tour of the facilities.
Co-chaired by graduate students Jacob Emmett and Angelica Verducci on October 26th, the day-long Symposium featured papers on Built Environments and Performances of Power. Keynote speaker was Dr. John Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Art History and Classical Studies at Rice University, specializes in Architecture of the Roman Empire. He published the book “The Genesis of Roman Architecture” which won the Gustave O. Arit Award in the Humanities in December, 2017. The writers of the three winning papers can be found below along with pictures of the graduate speakers of the symposium.
Rachael Ozerkevich, PhD student, Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Failed sports Space: Unsuccessfully Build Environments at the 1900 Olympics”
Friends of Art enjoying a September 16th tour of FRONT International sites in University Circle and Ohio City led by Lisa Kurzner, curator.
Friends of Art hosted a September 1st picnic at the Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.
Saturday, April 15th. Members and their guests met at 7411 Cedar Road, the Sculpture Studio of Andrew Chakalis, who offered detailed background and a tour of the historic Fillous and Ruppel Architectural Studio where he now works. Mr. Chakalis then spoke on his sculptural process and there was an opportunity during the reception to view works in progress.
Chair of the Department of Art and Art History
Elizabeth S. Bolman
Elizabeth S. Bolman is Chair of the Department of Art History and Art, and Elsie B. Smith Chair in the Liberal Arts. She engages with the visual culture of the eastern Mediterranean in the late ancient and Byzantine periods. Professor Bolman is best known for her work in Egypt, in which she has demonstrated the vitality of Christian Egyptian art and a new understanding of the nature of artistic production there in the early Byzantine period. She edited and was the principal contributor to the award-winning Monastic Visions: Wall Paintings in the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2002) and to The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt (Yale University Press and the American Research Center in Egypt, 2016). This recent book is the product of over a decade-long multidisciplinary project that she founded and directed, which included cleaning and conservation of the Red Monastery’s spectacular paintings. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright program, National Endowment for the Humanities, Dumbarton Oaks, American Research Center in Egypt, and United States Agency for International Development
Edward J. Olszewski Art History Endowment Fund
Funded through the efforts of Friends of Arts, the Olszewski Endowment was established in 2010 to provide support for graduate student travel, at the discretion of Department of Art History and Art faculty.
The following students have been recipients of awards over the past eight years
|Dana Cowan||Indra Lacis|
|Jacob Emmett||Christina Larson|
|Katherine Flach||Tom Mattis|
|Erin Hein||Lauryn Smith|
|Gilbert Jones||James Wehn|