Saturday memorial set for former PD art critic Helen Cullinan at Cleveland Museum of Art

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 08:10:21 PM. A memorial will be held Saturday at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Lecture Hall for Helen Cullinan, Plain Dealer art critic from 1960 to 1995.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Helen Cullinan, the art critic of The Plain Dealer from 1960 to 1995, is remembered as a cultural advocate who championed the rise of the city's contemporary art gallery scene in Little Italy and Tremont. Cullinan chronicled everything from exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the era of director Sherman E. Lee to the careers of noted Northeast Ohio artists such as Ken Nevadomi, Shirley Aley Campbell and John Clague. Cullinan died May 2 at age 86 at the Cleveland Heights home of her sister, Jean House, of complications from lung cancer and Alzheimer's, said her son, Thomas W. Cullinan. She was interred at Calvary Cemetery, 10000 Miles Ave., Cleveland. Her family requests that contributions should be made in Cullinan's memory to the Cleveland Institute of Art. Memorial at museum Cullinan will be remembered Saturday, June 24, in a noon memorial in the Lecture Hall of the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland. Speakers will include former Plain Dealer photographer Bill Wynne, and artists William Martin Jean and Campbell. "She took the time to write about local artists, and so local art thrived," Thomas Cullinan said. "Art communities were born that are still thriving in Cleveland." As a writer on art, Cullinan avoided negative comments, her son said. "She had a policy that if she didn't like an artist's work, she simply didn't write about them," he said. "She had a very strong idea that it was not a good idea to write negatively about...Read more
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