Hendrickson's legacy to live on in Art Building

April 25, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE – From the time he arrived at the Wisconsin State Teachers College at Platteville in 1949, Tom Hendrickson made his mark on the university. On May 8, the Tom Hendrickson Drawing Room will be dedicated in the Art Building on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

Very popular with his students, Hendrickson not only introduced several generations to all forms of art, in 1958 he established the art major – the first of its kind in the Wisconsin State Universities – and designed a school seal that was used by UW-Platteville for many years.

Hendrickson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a founding member of the UW-Platteville’s orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, where he played cello for 22 years.

Hendrickson retired as professor emeritus in 1989, after a distinguished 40-year career of teaching art to hundreds of students. He passed away at age 71 on Jan. 1, 1994.

The room naming was made possible by gifts from Lyle Novinski, a 1956 industrial education major, and Hendrickson’s son, also named Tom, who is a 1970 history alumnus.

“We are fortunate to have such significant support from these donors,” said Carole Spelic’, a lecturer in the UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts. “Naming the drawing room for Tom Hendrickson allows current and future students to make a connection with the history of our department. This generous gift will provide students with an enhanced studio experience, from their beginning drawing classes right on up through their final projects.”

For more information about the room naming or ways to give, contact the UW-Platteville Foundation at (608) 342-1186 or foundation@uwplatt.edu.

Contact: Stacia Nemitz, development officer, UW-Platteville Foundation, (608) 342-6122, nemitzs@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Sarah Miller, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, millersara@uwplatt.edu

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