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Cleveland Institute of Art remembers Ann Roulet

James Stephens

CLEVELAND, OH — Ann Roulet, who had been the Cleveland Institute of Art's Faculty and Dean Emerita for over 35 years, passed away on March 7, 2021.

A lovable person in her society, she was 88 years old.

Roulet began her career at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an English lecturer. She was a Charles Dickens expert as well as a passionate reader of contemporary fiction.

She motivated her art students to read by recommending literature she thought would appeal to them, including James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.

During the 1970s, Roulet was also at the frontline of lecturing Latin American literature, especially works by Gabriel Garca Márquez.

Roulet and her husband, Dr. Norman Roulet, often hosted Christmas and graduation celebrations for the Cleveland Institute of Art society, and they have done it for many years.

The Roulets were also enthusiastic art collectors. Her students come to their house daily only to view their collection — which included multiple works by staff and students — along with their model purchasing art.

The Roulets believed it was crucial that those who are directly related to the art institution must have a space to present their work on a daily basis.

Roulet also created an investment fund to enhance student protection before she passed away. Cleveland Institute of Art will cherish her support for the students, her promotion to their achievements, and also her warm personality and academic leadership for centuries.

When the time comes for people to gather again, a memorial service for her will be held at the institute. Those wishing to make donations in her honor can do so at

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