PITTSBURG — Marjorie Schick taught for half a century as college professor at Pittsburg State University.
Her art — body sculptures and large-scaled jewelry made of wood and papier-mâché — is known internationally.
Schick’s style was considered “bold and aggressive. Pioneering. Loud. Oversized,” according to a release.
She retired from the university in the spring and this fall was in Porter Hall boxing up her work from over the years.
Schick died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, after a short illness.
Her colleagues expressed their love and respect for Schick.
“Nothing I can say will actually encompass the amount of love and respect that we as a Department hold for Marjorie and her work,” Department of Art Interim Chair James Oliver said in a release. “Her teaching modeled her art-making process, leading by example and consistently innovating.”
Department of Art Associate Professor Rhona Shand agreed, Schick’s artwork was innovative “she was the revolution,” Shand said.
"She did this not only by the work she made, but her commitment to how she made it and who she was: witty, humble, and completely approachable,” Shand said. “She truly was an exceptional educator, artist, friend and mentor.
“I am like the rest of faculty and staff of the Department of Art, we are heartsore right now. She will be missed."
Growing up, Schick made paper doll clothes designed for Brenda Starr and others celebrities, as she had a dream of becoming a Hollywood costume designer.
Throughout high school she took fashion design and illustration classes at the Chicago Art Institute. She then attended the University of Wisconsin and took jewelry classes. In her mother’s footsteps, she became an art teacher.
She and her husband, James Schick, met at the UW. He became a history professor and she became an art teacher at PSU.
According to the release, the couple set the record as two of the longest professorships in PSU history — a combined 100 years.
Marjorie Schick’s accomplishments included being named a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and her work has been included in the Smithsonian Institute archives.
In 2007 a hardcover book of her art, “Sculpture to Wear: The Jewelry of Marjorie Schick” was published.
Through 2008 and 2009 her art was exhibited in throughout U.S. and Europe and today can be found in collections around the world.
Schick’s gallery of her life’s work can be found online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeM0XnIRx0A and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZjjlUU2Y0U
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun