Behind the paint of American art masterpieces with Sean Crum

Sean Crum

On Tuesday, March 26, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented artist, art teacher and historian Sean Crum. Mr. Crum gave a wonderful presentation about American art titled "American Art: From Benjamin West to The Wild West."

Mr. Crum knows a great deal about art. However, he presents information about paintings so that it is easy to understand, even for non-artists. Mr. Crum’s enthusiasm for his area of expertise and lively personality is evident in his presentations; this one was no exception. His explanation of American masterpieces, both common and uncommon, helps the viewer see a painting differently, especially the goal of what the artist was trying to convey in the work.

Since the focus was American art, there were a number of paintings of George Washington; these included portraits and crossing the Delaware. Some of the impressive artwork can be seen locally at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This was noted by Mr. Crum in the presentation so the audience members can take another look at the actual painting. Also among these are art from the Hudson River School painters, Thomas Cole and Frederic Church.

Mr. Crum has taught art and art history for 35 years at North Ridgeville High School. He is an active artist who specializes in etchings and exhibits locally throughout the year.

Westlake-Westshore Arts Council board members meet on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. These business meetings are open to W-WAC members and guests. For more information on membership and programs, visit or call 440-250-5565. 

Jeanine Surace

Jeanine is a member of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.02.2019