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Don M. Dunifon ’60 Remembered

18 December 2009 No Comment

Don M. Dunifon, professor emeritus of art, died May 23, 2009. He was 71.

AWittMagFall09HigherQualityn award-winning ceramist, and an expert in architectural restoration and interior design, Dunifon dedicated his life to inspiring young people to love the arts during his nearly four-decade teaching career at his alma mater.

A longtime arts advocate, Dunifon earned his B.F.A. from Wittenberg followed by an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where he focused on fine and industrial arts. In addition to teaching at Wittenberg, Dunifon participated in numerous arts organizations, including the American Ceramic Society, American Craft Council, Ohio Arts Council, Springfield Art Association, Historic Preservation Committee and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He also held leadership roles with Ohio Designer Craftsmen, serving as its president and on its board of directors, as well as representing the state of Ohio for the American Craft Council.

In the late 1980s, Dunifon embarked on a research project to learn the art and skill of neon tube bending and all the technical aspects of this work. The resulting art was titled “Plentiful Plantation,” and it allowed Dunifon to challenge himself to make glass tubing do what his hands could with clay.

”As department chair and ceramics area head, Don Dunifon was instrumental in transforming the Wittenberg Art Department during its transition from the Crabill House to Koch Hall,” said Scott Dooley, associate professor of art. “His impact on countless students during his 39 years of teaching helped to forge a strong and vibrant visual arts program within our liberal arts curriculum. His commitment to Wittenberg and his passion for teaching have left a permanent mark on the university.”

A memorial fund for Don Dunifon has been established through the Office of University Advancement for scholarships and kiln reconstruction. Memorial gifts should be sent to the advancement office, attn: Art Department, Don Dunifon Memorial, PO Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501-0720. Contact Richard Stenberg at (937) 327-7460 or rstenberg@wittenberg.edu with questions.

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