Kae Dorn Cass was born in 1901 and remained a life-long Clevelander. She was a survivor of the 1908 Collinwood Elementary School fire which killed her sister and 171 other children. She graduated from East Technical High School and entered the Cleveland School of Art in 1919. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Frederick C. Gottwald Scholarship for a year's study in Paris. She joined the faculty in 1925 and taught at the Cleveland School of Art until 1961.

A gifted watercolorist, she exhibited nationally and her work was included in nearly every Cleveland Museum of Art May Show since 1925. Her favorite themes were flowers and landscapes. Her work hung in the Corcoran and in shows in San Francisco and New York.

She was a past president of the Women's Art Club of Cleveland and a member of the Ohio Watercolor Society. She was also elected to the Pen Women of America and was in the first edition of Who's Who of American Women. She was a councilman in Mayfield Village in the late 1940's and an honorary fire fighter.

source: Cleveland Institute of Art Newsletter, Spring-Summer 1971

Works by Kae Dorn Cass