Tim Shuckerow has been labeled as Cleveland’s renaissance man. The John S. Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching recipient was a well-known and well-respected artist and faculty member in the Department of Art History and Art. Tim passed away on July 22 at 71.
The following was written by Betsy Bolman, professor and department chair.
Cleveland’s renaissance man
Tim Shuckerow devoted his life to making and teaching about art. He directed the art studio and art education components of the Department of Art History and Art in the College of Arts and Sciences for thirty-two years, prior to retiring in 2020. These thriving parts of the college display both student and professional art twice a year in popular, packed events in the Art Studio Building at the corner of Adelbert and Murray Hill Roads.
Offering art classes to all students irrespective of school or previous experience, he and his colleagues provided important, creative and hands-on learning in the visual arts. The graduates of the master’s in art education that Tim taught have an excellent record of placement throughout Ohio and beyond. Tim served the OAEA in many capacities. In 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2020, the Ohio Art Education Association named him the OAEA Art Educator of the Year. In 2014 he received the John S. Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. He successfully raised funding for the renovation of the Cole Art Barn at the Squire Valleevue Farm (now University Farm) between 1997 and 2001, and to support the Art Education Program. Approximately one-third of the students Tim taught in his CWRU career come from underrepresented groups, the fruits of active recruitment.