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Cleveland Art, 2022 Issue 4

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: December 22, 2022

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us. We have many exciting current and upcoming programs, and we are thrilled to share some of them with you in this issue.

You may recall that, in 2017, we released a comprehensive strategic plan that outlined our goals for the next five years. We are now very pleased to introduce For the Benefit of All the People, a thoroughly revised and updated version of our previous strategic plan, Making Art Matter. We want you, our devoted members and supporters, to be the first to know of the objectives we will pursue over the next five years. Learn more about the plan and our ambitious goals beginning on page 5.

We also share a preview of two upcoming exhibitions. On January 20, 2023, Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art will open in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery. This exhibition celebrates the museum’s internationally recognized holdings of 19th-century French drawings—a cornerstone of the collection since the day we opened in 1916. The approximately 50 featured artworks explore the history of drawing in 19th-century France and chronicle the seminal role the medium has played at the CMA.

Shortly afterward, the much-anticipated exhibition The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England will open on February 26, 2023. During the volatile Tudor dynasty, England was a thriving center for the arts. An international community of artists and merchants, many of them religious refugees, navigated the high-stakes demands of royal patrons, including England’s first two reigning queens. The exhibition traces the transformation of the arts in Tudor England through more than 90 major works—including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculpture, and armor—both from our partner in this effort, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from international lenders.

Additionally, we invite you to meet a new member of our staff, Gabe Pollack, who joined us as the director of performing arts in October. Read more on page 26. Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Scott C. Mueller for his incredible service as chair of our board of trustees over the past three years and to extend a heartfelt welcome to Ellen Stirn Mavec, incoming chair. 

As 2022 draws to a close, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to also thank you, our closest friends, for your enduring support. The successes of the past year (and years) would not have been possible without your generosity. I eagerly look forward to seeing you in the galleries in the New Year.

With my gratitude and every good wish,   

William M. Griswold Director and President  

Magazine cover with a pastel of a man wearing a hat, vest, jacket drinking absinthe and playing dominoes in a crowded bar

Chair Transition

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s board of trustees is thrilled to welcome Ellen Stirn Mavec as its new chair. Mavec, who has been a trustee since 1991 and an Executive Committee member since 1996, succeeds Scott C. Mueller, CEO of Dealer Tire, who became board chair in September 2019. 

During his three-...

China through the Magnifying Glass

The CMA’s current initiative to undertake 3-D photogrammetry of its collection comes into full use in the museum’s exhibition China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail. A leading institution in digital innovation, the museum has begun scanning and photographing artwork...


Nineteenth-Century French Drawings

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection of 19th-century French drawings is widely recognized as one of the best not only in the United States but also internationally. The collection began more than a century ago in the institution’s inaugural year of 1916 with the acquisition of a luminous pastel...


The Tudors

England was a thriving home for the arts during the volatile Tudor dynasty. Fueled by political intrigue, inspired by romantic and spiritual fervor, art created for the Tudor court was among the most sophisticated in the world during the period. The Tudors leveraged fine art to legitimize, promote,...

Henry VIII c. 1537. Workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger. Oil on panel; 239 x 134.5 cm. Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool, Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1945, WAG 1350

3-D Magnifies Miniatures and More

China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail, digital technology reveals the exquisite detail of 10 objects at all angles on a display screen with magnitude larger than the objects themselves. Since there are more than one hundred miniatures in the exhibition, the 3-D mod...

Artistic rendering of the digitally constructed 3-D model for Figure of Daoist Immortal He Xiangu, 1700s

Welcome, Gabe Pollack

On October 17, 2022, Gabe Pollack joined the CMA as the new director of performing arts. Prior to that, Pollack was the manager and director of Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Cleveland’s vibrant music venue that was voted Best Jazz Club in America by readers of All About Jazz in 2019. A graduate...

Gabe Pollack, Director of Performing Arts

Knife Sheath

As for many ancient cultures, gold was one of the main materials for luxury goods in Korea. A gold belt with pendant ornaments excavated from the north mound of the Hwangnam Daechong Tomb perhaps best represents abundant usage of gold, not only for the living but also for the dead. 

During the Goryeo...


Meet the Staff


As explained by Robin Roth, the CMA’s head of production, “George Lucas has ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), Disney has Pixar, and the Cleveland Museum of Art has the Department of Design and Architecture’s production team.” If a designer can imagine and draw something, as long as it doe...

Production staff (clockwise from top left): Mark Gamiere, lighting technician; Dante Rodriguez, mount maker; and Philip Brutz, mount maker

Chace and Josie Anderson

Chace and Josie Anderson have held many roles in support of the Cleveland Museum of Art, from students in the museum’s art classes to leaders in the Womens Council and the Musart Society. Late this fall, Josie kindly shared the following reflections on how the Andersons’ experiences led to their mak...

Lauren Gabrielle Photography.