Tom Rippon April 1st, 1954 – December 2nd, 2010

The School of Art is saddened to announce the passing of Tom Rippon, Former Professor of Ceramics.

Tom served as a professor of art from 1989 to 2008.  His work was exhibited all across the nation in many private and public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the Yellowstone Art Museum just to name a few.  His work adorns the east side of the PARTV Building and the Missoula Bus Station.  Tom was a generous and warm colleague and we will miss him.

Professor Mary Ann Bonjorni recently shared these thoughts with the campus community:

“Tom’s character and aesthetics were aligned. Both embodied a sense play and whimsy. Tom loved both the oral and visual double entendre’ –in puns and jokes, in ceramics and jazz.  Like his artwork, Tom was gracious in his communication and like the porcelain he used in his work, he had internal core of strength.  Tom sought to fill his life with the sensory experience of great art, great music, good wine and food, his boat silently adrift on Flathead. He had a way of moving forward, holding onto goodness – the root of himself and all things in his world.”

A celebration of his life will be held at The Historic Union Club ( 208 E. Main) on Sunday, December 19th beginning at 1pm with remarks and a toast at 2:00.  All are welcome to join us as we share stories and memories of our teacher and friend.