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Artist Honors Mentor with Special Gift


Dan Rizzie, a 1973 Hendrix graduate and Distinguished Alumnus, donated 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 also 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 that was established in 2013. Income from the endowment will provide aid to junior and senior art students at the College.

“After the unveiling of this special work today, everyone who visits the library from this point forward will remember the Marrs because of this lasting tribute,” said Dr. Kevin Braswell, vice president of development at Hendrix. “We are also very fortunate to have many pieces of Don’s work throughout the campus, and we keep him and Camilla in our thoughts today.”

Artsy, the online resource for art collecting and education, says Rizzie’s multifaceted mixed-media pieces have established him as one of the most successful artists of the 20th century.

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