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Christine Fowler Shearer

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Christine Fowler Shearer
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Johnson Center 224A

Coordinator of Art Galleries and Artist in Residence


  • B.A. in Art History with a minor in History from Kent State University
  • M.A. in Art History from University of Notre Dame


Christine Fowler Shearer is coordinator of Art Galleries and a lecturer of Art History at Malone University. She has more than 15 years of experience in the museum field. She received her BA in Art History from Kent State University and her MA in Art History from the University of Notre Dame in 1996. She attended the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in July 2006. In 2010 she founded her own company, Fowler Artistic Resources, to provide support services for museums, non-profits, collectors and artists. Shearer served as the development director of the Canton Museum of Art from 2011 to 2013 and as the executive director of the Massillon Museum from 2003 to 2010.  Before coming to the Massillon Museum in 2001 as its arts administrator, Shearer served as the first full-time executive director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation for three years. Active in many community organizations, Shearer is the region board secretary for Soroptimist International Midwest Region and president of the board of trustees for The Ananda Center for the Arts. In June 2008, for her leadership and community involvement, Shearer was recognized as one of the Top Twenty Under Forty leaders in Stark County by YStark!, a division of the Canton Chamber of Commerce. She has become involved in advocacy for museums by participating on panels and by testifying in front of the Congressional Appropriations Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Shearer has curated a number of exhibitions, including The Urban Landscape: A Tale of Grandeur and Abandonment, Joseph O Sickey: Unifying Life, Love and Art, Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest, Midwestern Visions of Impressionism, Breaking With Tradition: Ohio Women Painters, 1870-1950, Transcended Memories, Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County, 1861-1865, Untrodden Paths: Contemporary Landscape Painters, William Glackens: Works and Process, Carl Gaertner: A Story of Earth and Steel, and The Poetics of Place: Charles Burchfield and the Cleveland Connection. She has been a contributor to a number of publications, including American Art Review; Carl Gaertner: A Story of Earth and Steel; Paul Travis; Framework of a Community: The Steel Industry in Stark County; Breaking with Tradition: Ohio Women Painters 1870-1950; 1861-1865; Midwestern Visions of Impressionism, Against the Grain: Modernism in the Midwest, and Joseph O Sickey: Unifying Art, Life and Love

Teaching Assignments

  • ART 122 - Art History I
  • ART 124 - Art History II
  • ART 307 - The History of Women Artist
  • ART 309 - Art from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
  • ART 405 - Art Theory and Criticism
  • ART 407 - Nineteenth-Century Painting
  • ART 409 - American Art
  • ART 411 - Modern Art