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Arthur Secunda, whose work is on permanent display in Livingston County, passes away

A world-renowned artist whose work is on permanent display in Livingston County has passed away.

Arthur Secunda

Arthur Secunda died August 30 at age 94. Many of his works are located at the Secunda Museum on the Cleary University Campus in Genoa Township.

In a note to the community, Cleary University President Alan Drimmer expressed his condolences.

“It is with a heavy heart I let you know that the Cleary community mourns the loss of Arthur Secunda,” said Drimmer. “Arthur was a valued supporter of our students and university.  Cleary extends its sincerest condolences to the Secunda family.  We will honor Arthur’s memory by integrating his artwork into Cleary University’s course work within the Cleary Mind curriculum.  His artwork will be utilized to teach Cleary University student’s different aspects of originality, creative thinking, perspectives, interpretations, and communications.”

Drimmer said Cleary University would also like to share his exhibit with the public and anyone interested in visiting the Secunda Museum, should contact Jill Humble at 517-219-2619.

Arthur Secunda’s art career began in Detroit in the 1940s. Known for his brilliant collages, striking graphics, and iconic landscapes of the late 1970s and 1980s, Secunda’s work incorporated a specific kind of color gradation and blending of forms.

Secunda, who made his own paper in France and Japan, worked in a wide array of mediums including painting, mixed media, polyester assemblage, ceramics and welded sculpture.

His imagery ranges from figurative and hard-edge to jazz and the Bible. Over his career Secunda produced approximately 350 limited edition prints encompassing all printmaking techniques, including serigraphy, lithography, engraving, calligraphy and pochoir.

Drimmer added that in lieu of flowers, his family has asked for donations to be made to the Secunda Museum.

Details can be found at https://www.cleary.edu/community/secunda-museum/

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