Artist Honors Hendrix Art Professor with Donation of Original Work

CONWAY, Ark. (August 13, 2014) – Artist Dan Rizzie will present his painting “Trieschmann Revisited” to the Hendrix College Permanent Collection, Friday, Aug. 29, at 10:30 a.m. in Bailey Library at the corner of Washington Avenue and Winfield Street. The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow the presentation.

Rizzie, a 1973 Hendrix graduate and Distinguished Alumnus, will donate the painting in memory of Hendrix art professor Don H. Marr and his wife Camilla Raymond Marr. The painting will be displayed on the Bailey Library stairway above the circulation desk.

Professor Marr, who died in spring 2013, joined the Hendrix faculty in 1959. As well as lecturing on art history, Marr taught free-hand drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and calligraphy to generations of students. In 1991, Marr was named the Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of Art.

Rizzie has donated a limited edition of 25 prints of the painting to the Marr family to present to donors of $500 or more to the Don and Camilla Marr Endowed Art Scholarship. Eighty-two donors have contributed so far to the Scholarship that was established in 2013. Income from the endowment will provide aid to junior and senior art students at the College. For information on making a gift, contact the Hendrix Office of Development at (501) 450-4593. 

“In making this gift, I am celebrating the significant impact of Hendrix College and Professor Don Marr on my life,” Rizzie said. “I came to Hendrix in fall 1969 after having lived around the world. At the time, most Hendrix students were from Arkansas, but I found an open, progressive environment and felt at home. I remember two African-American speakers, Julian Bond and Dick Gregory, whose comments relative to the struggles of the day epitomized the hope that Hendrix and other forward-thinking institutions offered to American culture and society.”

“I felt I was on my own when I arrived at Hendrix. My parents were stationed in India on the other side of the world, and the Art Department gave me a place to belong,” he said. “At that time, Don Marr and Professor Bill Hawes were the Art Department at Hendrix. I lived in the Art Department. It was my salvation. It was a life-changing event for me. I felt like I had found my niche. I remember professor Marr as a wonderful teacher and mentor.”

Rizzie was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Hendrix in 2005. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York, and has paintings in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including: Dallas Museum of Art; El Paso Museum of Art; Mayo Clinic; Mesa Arts Center; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Art; New York Public Library; San Antonio Museum of Art; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Southern Methodist University; and the Witte Museum. For more information, go to www.danrizziestudio.com.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu