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On View


Sussel Gallery
September 7 – December 5, 2021

Faces serve as the primary way we identify one another. They communicate individuality, heredity, emotions, and attitudes. This exhibition celebrates artistic interpretations of faces alongside current scientific understanding about the face’s unique relevance for human interaction. How do we recognize each other and how does that affect the way we forge relationships? How do we wordlessly communicate our innermost feelings, even when we may want to hide them? How do artists challenge us to rethink the way we see each other and ourselves?

The exhibition includes artworks over many centuries from around the world by Philip Akkerman, Ivan Albright, Anna Arnold, Félix Braquemond, Clarence Carter, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Arthur Heintzelman, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Michael Nachtrieb, Tom Phillips, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt van Rijn, Michael Rothenstein, William Paul Thomas, Stacy Lynn Waddell, and Andy Warhol, among others.

Related Programs

  • Weekend Family Drop-In Activities
    Saturday/Sunday, September 11/12, 18/19, and 25/26, from 1-4 pm

Explore the exhibition, pick up an activity pack, and make a family-friendly craft. Take & Make kits can also be picked up to do your activities at home. Earn a reward by finishing the About Face activity booklet and showing it to the gallery attendant or sending us a picture (email to

CWAM About Face family guide (PDF)

  • About Face Lunchtime Conversation with Curators
    Thursday, September 16, noon
    Sussel Gallery

Join Marianne Wardle, CWAM Curator/ Director, and summer research assistant Brianna Lyman ’23, for a lunchtime chat about the inspiration behind the exhibition, developing its themes and ideas, and the student research experience.

Curated by Marianne Eileen Wardle, PhD, Director/Curator with the assistance of Brianna Lyman, ’23, Summer Research Assistant, and advised by Dr. Grit Herzmann, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of Neuroscience. Installed by Doug McGlumphy, Preparator and Collections Manager, with assistance from Zoe Johnson, ’22, Summer Research Assistant.

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Philip Akkerman, Self-portrait 92-11, 1992. Oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. Gift of the Raymond Machesney ’59 Trust, 2018.7.

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Anna Arnold, Woman on the Run, 1985. Acrylic on cardboard on wood, 9 x 9 inches. Gift of Richard Speak and Athena Tacha in Memory of Ellen H. Johnson, 1999.27.

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Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-portrait in a cap, open mouthed, 1630. Ink on paper (etching), 2 x 3 1/8 inches. Gift of Ward M. and Mariam C. Canaday, John Taylor Arms Print Collection, 1968.885.

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Unknown artist (American). Portraits of a Man, late 18 – early 19th century. Oil on wood panel. Gift of Charlene Derge Sussel ’53 through The Charlene Derge Sussel Revocable Trust, 2019.6.

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Unknown artist (American). Portraits of a Woman, late 18 – early 19th century. Oil on wood panel. Gift of Charlene Derge Sussel ’53 through The Charlene Derge Sussel Revocable Trust, 2019.6.

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Félix Bracquemond, Portrait of Zacharie Astruc, 1865. Ink on paper (etching), 12 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches. Gift of Ward M. and Mariam C. Canaday, John Taylor Arms Print Collection, 1968.4137.

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William Paul Thomas, Big Paul, 2018. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches. On loan from a private collection. © William Paul Thomas.

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Bender, Frank. Forensic Reconstruction of the head of Ta-irty-bai, 2005. Plaster.

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Unknown artist (African, Asante People). Figurine (Akua ba), 20th century. Wood, beads, metal, fur, 9 1/8 x 3 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. Gift of William C. Mithoefer, Class of 1953, and Renee-Paule Moyencourt 2013.68.

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Unknown artist (Peruvian). Mask, 20th century. Silver alloy, 8 x 9 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. And Mrs. William C. Mithoefer, 1972.18.

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Unknown artist (Nigerian). Two-faced crested mask, 20th century. Wood, paint, antelope skin, 48 3/4 x 42 1/2 x 36 in. Gift of Dr. David C. and Karina Rilling, 2019.2.

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Unknown artist (Nigerian, Dahomey/Yoruba People). Epa mask, 20th century. Wood, 53 x 19 x 24 in. 53 x 19 x 24 in. Gift of Mr. Wm C. Mithoefer, 1985.6.

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Unknown artists (Liberian and Ivoirian). Miniature masks, 20th century. Wood, various sizes. Gift of William C. Mithoefer, Class of 1953, and Renee-Paule Moyencourt, 1981 and 2013.

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William Paul Thomas, Granny, 2009. Oil on panel, 48 x 48 in. © William Paul Thomas. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

BEHOLDEN: William Paul Thomas

Burton D. Morgan Gallery, October 19 – December 5, 2021

A sensitive portraitist, William Paul Thomas creates images of people within his circle of friends and family, calling on the viewer to consider their essential humanity and inner emotional lives. The larger than life-size portraits convey honor, respect, and even reverence for everyday people, and act as a bridge for us to connect.

BEHOLDEN asks us to look closely and consider how much we owe one another.



2020 will go down in history as a devastating year that included a raging pandemic, political unrest, and global demonstrations. While artists are currently writing the visual record of 2020, Turmoil and Activism looks back at how artists responded to the wars, changing environment, and racial/identity issues of their era. Artists represented in the exhibition include George Grosz, Francisco Jose Goya y Lucientes, Hung Liu, Kiki Smith, David Nash, Elizabeth Catlett, Lorna Simpson, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.


  • Bridget Murphy Milligan Wonder Tales: The Imprint of Child’s Play


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Tracy Cosgriff and students in the Spring 2019 History of Prints seminar in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery during the research phase of “Printing History: Observation, Imagination, and the Ephemeral.”


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“Kim Julja, Dodu Jeju,” 2013 by Hyung S. Kim is one of the works in “The Ocean After Nature,” September 11-November 8, 2018 at the CWAM. Above: Hyung S. Kim (b. 1965, South Korea), “Kim Julja, Dodu Jeju,” 2013; Digital photograph on canvas; 90 1/2 h x 59 w (inches), Courtesy of the artist and ICI, New York.

  • Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES: About



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January 17-March 10, 2017, :Alison Saar: “Breach.” Above: Alison Saar, “Breach,” 2016; wood, ceiling tin, found trunks, washtubs, and miscellaneous objects; 155 h x 60 w x 51 d (inches). Courtesy of the artist and L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA.


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One of the works in the CWAM’s Fall 2016 exhibition, “Dusk to Dusk,” Aristarkh Chernyshev’s “Knode” twists news headlines into a constant flow, referencing the endless news cycle that seems to feed on itself.

  • Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal: Image Gallery
  • 2016 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition: Catalogue
  • PICTURE YOURSELF: Selfies, Cellphones, and the Digital Age: Brochure


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Tom Thayer’s “Chorus of Voices,” from the Fall 2015 exhibition, “Archetypes, Puppets, & Power.”

  • Archetypes, Power, & Puppets:About | Brochure
  • Walter Zurko: Looking up to look down:  About
  • 2015 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition:
  • FREE PLAY: About | Artist bios


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Willie Cole (American, b.1955), “With a Heart of Gold,” 2005-2006 (detail); Shoes, wood, screws, metal, and staples, 85 w x 16 h (inches), Courtesy of Alexander, and Bonin, New York, NY Willie Cole (American, b.1955), “With a Heart of Gold,” 2005-2006 (detail); Shoes, wood, screws, metal, and staples, 85 w x 16 h (inches), Courtesy of Alexander, and Bonin, New York, NY


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Carrie Mae Weems, “I Looked and Looked to See What So Terrified You,” 2006, one of the works in Deborah Willis’s exhibition “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” at the CWAM in January 2013.



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Antti Laitinen’s “It’s My Island,” three-channel projection in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery.


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“Within the realm of possibilities,” 2011, by Alejandro Almanza Pereda.


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Gallery view from “Chinese and Japanese Painting and Calligraphy.”

  • Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy and Painting: Announcement


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Alison Elizabeth Taylor, “Room,” 2007-2008, (detail), 96 h x 120 w x 96 d (inches), from the Fall 2009 exhibition, “Alison Elizabeth Taylor.” “Room” is now in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.




  • The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper: Announcement | Student Response Essays
  • Selections from the AT&T Collection
  • Northeastern Waters
  • Ceramics: Selections form the Permanent Collection
  • Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins
  • Global Anxieties: Nine Perspectives on a Changing Planet: Brochure


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Gallery view from Mel Kendrick’s solo exhibition at the CWAM in 2006.

  • Jim Campbell: Brochure
  • Hiraki Sawa: Brochure
  • Convergence 2006: A Regional Juried Exhibition
  • 2006 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
  • Mel Kendrick: Brochure



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Lorna Simpson, “Easy to Remember,” 2001, was part of a survey of Simpson’s work at the CWAM in 2004.

  • Lorna Simpson
  • Walter Zurko: hand/i/work
  • Marina Mangubi: Eight Board Feet
  • 2004 Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
  • The Possibilities of Prints
  • Radical Line: Innovation in Chinese Contemporary Painting


  • Kate Budd: Honey
  • Irina Nakhova: When Will You Be Home?
  • Convergence 2003: Regional Juried Exhibition
  • 2003 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
  • WWII Posters from the Permanent Collection


  • Ann Hamilton: tracing language
  • The Contemporary Landscape
  • Ken Aptekar: Painting Between the Lines 1990-2000
  • Hollis Sigler: Selections from the Breast Cancer Journal
  • Representations of Illness and Healing in African Art


  • Russian Brass Icons
  • Marina Mangubi: Music on the Bones
  • Bridget Murphy: A Public Confession
  • Michael Mercil: promise
  • Pipo: AnOther Western
  • 2001 Five Colleges of Ohio Student Biennial
  • t(here): Holly Morrison
  • The Romance of Architecture: Prints from the John Taylor Arms Collection


  • Claudia Bernardi: Frescoes on Paper
  • Walter Zurko: Work
  • Johnny Coleman: For Oshon, A Gathering of Brothers
  • Nanette Yannuzzi Macias: Drawings
  • Steel and Real Estate: Margaret Bourke-White and Corporate Culture in Cleveland


  • Selections from the Chinese Collection


  • French and British Etchings 1850-1900
  • Hung Liu: A Ten-Year Survey 1988-1998
  • Claudia Esslinger: Civil Divination