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

      Pat Ashton

      Faye D’Amore

      Jennifer Finkel

      Edward Olszewski

      Sally Smith

      Holly Witchey

      Chris Wolken



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 /


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.


Bob Rose talking about the Iron Works

Bob Rose of Rose Iron Works

Bob Rose talking to guests

(left to right) Barbara Tannenbaum, Holly Witchey, Bob Rose

All ages enjoyed the tour at the Rose Iron Works

(left to right) Kirby the Border Collie, Charlotte and Norman Prokop, Harriet Wadsworth














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.

Rachel Ozerkevich, Anthony Meyer, and Althea Ruoppo - winners of the best papers


Rachael Ozerkevich, PhD student, Art History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Failed sports Space: Unsuccessfully Build Environments at the 1900 Olympics”


Anthony Meyer, PhD student, Art History, University of California, Los Angeles:  “Coming into Contact? Spatial Experiences of Patio Crosses in Sixteenth Century New Spain”


Althea Ruoppo, PhD student, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University: “Windows to the World: Isa Genzken’s Holocaust Demkmal (1991), A Nazi Descendant’s Design Proposal for the New England Holocaust Memorial”

All graduate speakers of the Cleveland SymposiumSome graduate speakers of the Cleveland Symposium








Friends of Art enjoying a September 16th tour of FRONT International sites in University Circle and Ohio City led by Lisa Kurzner, curator.

Two Members Examine PaintingMember examines a paintingMember with Hand Sculpture

Members examine a painting and consult a tour guideMember examines a shelf-like art installation

Guests Observing FRONT InstallationTwo Members outside Seidman Cancer CenterMember with Headphones


Members Viewing the Hand sculpture



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.


Members are seen enjoying the food and the companyChair Elizabeth Bolman speaking at FOA PicnicFOA pose for a picture












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.

Andy Chakalis shows off one of his pieces

Andy Chakalis talks about some of his pieces.

Andy Chakalis shows some materials

Andy Chakalis shows some materials to students and faculty.













A student shows off one piece of art.

A student shows off one piece of art.


Students and faculty tour Andy Chakalis' studio.

Students and faculty tour Andy Chakalis’ studio.












Andy Chakalis presents some of his sculptures.

Andy Chakalis presents some of his sculptures.


Chair of the Department of Art and Art History

Elizabeth S. Bolman


Elizabeth BolmanElizabeth 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
Lauren Lovings-Gomez