In Memory of

Richard Black

July 18, 1932 - July 28, 2020
From: Farnhamville, IA | Originally: Farnhamville, IA

Farnhamville- Richard R. Black, 88, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home.

Private family services will be at Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie with Rev. Jena Finch-Manchester of Trinity United Methodist Church of Fort Dodge officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Township Cemetery, Rinard. Palmer Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.

Richard is survived by his brother, Ronald (Marlene) Black of Ames and a sister, Merilyn Dee Tasler of Gowrie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Henrietta (Parsons) Black and brother-in-law, Duane Tasler.

Richard was born July 18, 1932 in Farnhamville. He graduated from Rinard High School and then served in the United States Army. He then returned to school and graduated from Drake University in 1957 with his Bachelors Degree. Then he attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1958 with a Masters Degree. Richard was a Professor of Art and Head of Printmaking at Drake University from 1960 to 1994. He had selected exhibits at the Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers Members Exhibition at Bankside Gallery in London, England in 2017. Richard had several art exhibits all over the United States including; the Des Moines Art Center, Indianapolis Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Center, Purdue University, Bradley University, Southern Illinois University, New Jersey State Museum, and the Blanden Memorial Art Museum. He was a member of Fellow, Royal Society of Painters-Printmakers, Mid-America Print Council, and the Southern Graphics Council.

Memorials may be left to family discretion.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:25 PM
“We are sad to hear of Richard's passing. As a grape grower, he was a longtime member of the association and will be missed by many. Sending prayers of comfort for his family. ”
- Nicole Eilers, Iowa Wine Growers Association

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 8:49 PM
“Such a gifted man has gone to heaven. I treasure his Christmas cards and drawings. Thinking of all of you long time friends and sending loving hugs and prayers. ”
- Linda Gaskill Jones

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 6:12 PM
“I was a student of Richards back in the 80’s. I feel fortunate to having reconnected with him these last 3 years. I visited his studio several times sharing artwork and conversations. Mostly him talking. His intaglio prints were just fantastic. I’m going to miss our get togethers.”
- Mike Hassig

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 1:54 PM
“We are so sad to hear of Dick's passing. We knew him well, from Drake University and the Des Moines Art Center. Georgeann was the curator at the Art Center who organized the exhibition for Dick and wrote the catalog. Condon was a colleague of Dick's at Drake University. Dick was one of the most vital and intelligent personalities and a good friend and it seems impossible to think of that energy leaving us. He will be terribly missed.”
- Condon & Georgeann kuhl

Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 9:42 AM
“I will never forget the kindness shown to me by this wonderfully kind man and great artist in 2005 when my husband died of cancer at the age of 57. I was museum coordinator at The Blanden Art museum for 6 years and Richard was a regular. He would gift staff one of his great prints at Christmas. When my husband died, there was Richard, in line at the funeral home. I was very surprised and asked him if he knew Rich...he seemed surprised and said, "no, but i know you." I will never forget that important act of Supreme thoughtfulness.”
- Char Gustafson

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Black while working for the Gowrie news. I published an informative interview with him back and I believe 2006 or 7. My condolences to all the family and friends, God bless you!”
- Ormonde Butler

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:42 AM
“Richard was the very first visiting artist I had the pleasure of working with in my first semester of graduate school back in 1982. He captured my respect right away and I know he was a person that I wanted to continue to know. Later I would meet with Richard at conferences and workshops and he always remembered me and we had wonderful conversations. I will keep warm memories of his impish nature, rich humor, wonderful craftsmanship and authentic personality. My Best to his family”
- Johntimothy Pizzuto

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 9:00 AM
“Richard was a constant inspiration in my visual arts education at Drake and beyond. I am grateful for his friendship of 55 years.”
- Peggy Leonardo

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:47 AM
“So sorry to hear. I remember having many discussions and sharing stories with this very intelligent and talented man! ”
- Dave & Marla Stokesbary

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10:45 PM
“My deepest sympathy to all of you. I always enjoyed talking with Richard and trying to get him to laugh. He was such a talented man.”
- Cheryl Pearson’s

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 7:39 PM
“Very sorry to hear this news. Richard was a remarkable person, a very gifted artist and teacher. So many memories! Now he’s off to join matter, energy, and the universe, to become one with his visionary art. ”
- Amy Namowitz Worthen

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 7:36 PM
“My thoughts are with Richards family and friends and former students at this time. Richard was a very nice man and a wonderful artist/printmaker and teacher. He will me missed.”
- Tom Hück

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11:34 AM
“So sorry for your Loss, Richard was one of my professors at Drake in the 70's and an inspiration to a young art student. Thanks Richard
- Christopher Wuttke

Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10:42 AM
“Maureen and Rusty and I got to celebrate his 88th birthday on Saturday the 18th. Wonderful memory for us. We are all his fellow artists and friends. ”
- Jo Ann Hendricks

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“Prayers to your family ....”
- Greg and Bonnie Porter

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