Wooster’s first museum was a natural history museum located in Old Main, which burned to the ground in 1901 (now the site of Kauke Hall). The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) began as a small gallery in the 1930s to support the educational programs of the College. Since then, the museum has grown in space, collections, and mission, bringing diverse, high-quality exhibitions to The College of Wooster and to the community at large.
Kliment Halsband Architects, New York, was commissioned to renovate the Severance Art Building. Opened in 1997, Ebert Art Center houses the Department of Art and Art History and the CWAM. The museum’s Sussel Gallery and Burton D. Morgan Gallery are located at ground level on the north side of Ebert Art Center.
The College of Wooster Art Museum presents artworks by nationally and internationally recognized artists, curated in traveling exhibitions or by museum staff, as well as course-integrated projects with college faculty and students. Nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists exhibited at the CWAM include: Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, David Shrigley, Lorna Simpson, Jim Campbell, Laylah Ali, Marcel Dzama, Hiraki Sawa, Shirin Neshat, David Nash, Willie Cole, Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, and Roxy Paine.
Marianne Eileen Wardle
Marianne Eileen Wardle joined the College of Wooster Art Museum in January 2021. Working in campus art museums since 2006, Dr. Wardle has curated exhibitions of Old Master Paintings, Medieval sculpture, Greek and Roman art and culture, modern prints, and contemporary art exploring topics such as race, gender, migration, and human visual perception. She has taught courses in art history, gender studies, and museum studies and has mentored more than a hundred student interns. Interested in the integration of the art museum across disciplines, she works closely with faculty and students to use the museum as a resource for learning and research. She earned her PhD at Duke University, specializing in Greek and Roman art and architecture, medieval sculpture, gender studies, and post-modern architectural theory.
Doug McGlumphy received his BA from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, and his MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. He has been the preparator at the CWAM since 1999, and Preparator/Collections Manager since 2014. Additionally, McGlumphy is the Director of Washington and Jefferson’s Olin Fine Art Gallery, where he also teaches design, drawing, and sculpture. He and his wife Jenn own and operate Hisrich Hills House Bed and Breakfast and ArtFarm, Stone Creek, Ohio.
Department of Art & Art History/CWAM Administrative Coordinator