- Feb 9, 2009
Gerald Donato, an accomplished painter who was a key figure in the development of the VCU School of the Arts into a nationally recognized program, died on Sunday at the age of 68.
Donato, a professor emeritus of painting, retired from teaching at VCU in 2005 after a 38-year career. He was an influential figure on campus who helped push the schoolâ€™s artists in new, daring directions, according to Richard Toscan, Ph.D., dean of the VCU School of the Arts.
â€œJerry was one of a group of faculty who joined the school as young artists in the late 60s and early 70s and painted like they didn't live here,â€ Toscan said. â€œThere was already a strong base here, but they blew open the options for painters in the same way and at the same time that others were doing the same in New York and Los Angeles.â€
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