Professor Gerald Immonen passes away

Professor Gerald Immonen died on August 21, 2011 after an extended illness. Gerry was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 16, 1936. He studied at the Cooper Union and completed his BFA and MFA at Yale University. Gerry joined the faculty at RISD in 1963 as an instructor of Design and was promoted to Professor in 1991. He received the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1990.

An extraordinary painter, Gerry is best known for his beautiful interpretations of the Maine landscape that he loved. His work has been exhibited across the United States, in Switzerland, Finland and Japan. His work will continue to be celebrated in many museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. His work was most recently exhibited this summer at the University of Maine.

Gerry’s life will also honored through his influence on so many current students and on alumni, who continue to emulate his teachings in their own work. He is survived by his wife Delight Immonen.

Faculty, Foundation Studies, Gerald Immonen, obituary

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