Title: Artist, Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Hawaii
Location: Prescott, Arizona, United States
Edward Stasack, Artist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in visual art and printmaking.
Growing up, Mr. Stasack became interested in art through a visit to the Chicago Art Institute. There, he was moved and inspired by three classic paintings—Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks” and Rembrandt’s “Young Woman at an Open Half-Door.” In his decades of service and appreciation to the field, Mr. Stasack has come to believe that the spiritual world is a primary component of the arts, and feels that artistic pursuits take precedence over all other activities of mankind.
As a young man, Mr. Stasack served in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954, when he received an honorable discharge. In preparation for his career, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BFA, with high honors, in 1955, and graduating with an MFA in 1956. He served as an instructor in art at the University of Hawaii for five years and worked as an affiliate at the Downtown Gallery in New York, New York from 1960 to 1980. Mr. Stasack continued his career at the University of Hawaii, acting as a professor of art and as the chairman of the department of art from 1969 to 1972, and as the institution’s program chair in printmaking from 1975 to 1983. Since 1988, he has held the designation of a professor emeritus.
Throughout Mr. Stasack’s prolific career as an artist, his works have been displayed in myriad shows and exhibitions, including solo shows at the Honolulu Academy of the Arts in 1961, the United States Embassies of Istanbul and Izmir in Turkey in 1976 and the Hawaii Volcano National Park Art Center in 1996, among many others. With his wife, Diane Stasack, PhD, he has spent many years recording the rock art of the Hawaiian Islands, co-authoring “Rock Art of Pu’uhonuao National Park, One Report” in 2004, “Ka’uplehu East II Petroglyphs” in 2003 and “Spirit of Place, Petroglyphs of Hawaii” in 1999.
Mr. Stasack has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. He was named a Tiffany Foundation fellow in both 1958 and 1962, a MacDowell Colony fellow in both 1971 and 1975 as well as a Hawaii State and U.S. Bicentennial Communications fellow in 1975. He maintains affiliation with the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Australian Rock Art Research Association, the American Rock Art Research Association and the Society of Hawaiian Archaeology, among others. As a further testament to his success and stature, Mr. Stasack has been selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in America: Student Version, as well as multiple editions of Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in America.
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