Alfred Howell, (1889-1978) an English born artist, arrived in the United States in 1929 after living and working in Canada for a number of years. Following WWI, he was awarded a contract to create bronze monuments throughout Canada to commemorate the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in WWI. Locally, he is known for his sculptures and distinct watercolors of village scenes and the High Falls.
Howell served as the Supervisor of Art Education for the Cleveland Public School System and was a professor of art at Case Western Reserve University. During 30 years at Cleveland Public Schools, he believed in the importance of incorporating art throughout the curriculum.
Howell’s passion for teaching and his unique outlook on the intricacies of art is shown best through his belief “that the genius of teaching lies in the preservation of the unique qualities of the individual.” His paintings provide us with a unique perspective on the beauty of the Chagrin Valley.