WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Students and friends of the late professor emeritus Dick Rasmussen are honoring the former art teacher with a retrospective art show of his works and a memorial in his honor.


The retrospective, at the Walla Walla Foundry Gallery, 405 Woodland, will open Thursday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. Lisa Anne Rasmussen ’86, the late professor’s daughter, will present “Reflections on RJR’s Life & Work” at 7 p.m. The show will run through Dec. 31 and will feature paintings, drawings and prints by Rasmussen. Proceeds from sales of prints will go toward expenses for a sculpture in his honor in Whitman’s new Fouts Center for the Visual Arts. For more information: lisa.rasmussen@charter.net.

Rasmussen came to Whitman to teach art in 1950 as the lone teacher in the department. He will be memorialized by his students and friends with a three-dimensional steel wall sculpture from a design he created himself. It will occupy a permanent place in the new center. Organizers estimate it will cost $25,000 to $35,000 to create and install.

Frank Munns, artist and former Whitman art instructor, along with Lisa Anne Rasmussen and former student Mark Anderson ’78 have teamed to create the conceptual high-relief sculpture which will feature an owl flying out of the Duomo, motifs that represent Rasmussen’s love of Picasso and interest in architecture and design. Rasmussen’s self-portrait is visible in the lower right hand corner.


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