Front entrance to the Cleveland Museum of art with a pond in the foreground

Learn about women who contributed to Cleveland Museum of Art’s collections

The University Farm will offer a six-session course titled “Hidden Stories, Hidden Collections, Hidden Gifts: Stories of Extraordinary Women Benefiting the Cleveland Museum of Art” this winter.

Holly Witchey, executive director of Cleveland Philanthropy and adjunct professor in the Department of Art History and Art, will lead the course.

Course description

This course will share stories of extraordinary women, remarkable collections, and highlight gestures of generosity and dedication to the creation of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s extraordinary collections, with a focus on textiles and American art.

Sift through primary sources to try and uncover the stories of these women:

  • Ellen “Nellie” Garretson Wade,
  • Emory May Holden Norweb,
  • Matthias Plum,
  • Elizabeth White and
  • Ruth Ruggles.

Course details

For the first five sessions, the class will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the farm’s Kutina Classroom on the following Wednesdays:

  • Jan. 17
  • Jan. 24
  • Jan. 31
  • Feb. 7
  • Feb. 14

The sixth session will be a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art, with the date to be determined.

The fee for this course is $70.

Learn more about the course and registration at