Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nationally admired artist Ruben Trejo dies

The art world in Eastern Washington and across the country is mourning the loss of a premier Mexican-American artist and educator whose originality took him all the way to the Smithsonian Institution, despite his humble beginnings.

Ruben Trejo, professor emeritus at Eastern Washington University, died Sunday at Providence Holy Family Hospital from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder.

He was renowned across the country, and his work is part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. He worked in a number of mediums, including sculpture, mixed-media installations, painting and drawing.

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