Statement by President Rogers,
College for Creative Studies :
I am deeply saddened to tell you of the death last night of Joseph
Wesner, professor and chair of the College's Sculpture program. This tragic event
comes as a shock to all of us--his family, his students, his colleagues in
the Fine Arts department, and all of his friends at CCS and beyond.
Joseph was a remarkable artist and teacher, whose contributions to the
College were extraordinary. His loss is devastating, and I know we all will
have a difficult time coming to terms with it. Our sympathies go to his wife Lisa, their daughters Lauren and Isabella, and their family.
We do not have any details regarding a memorial service but we will share
them with you as soon as they become available.
Free Press Obit:
Joseph Wesner: Teacher,
renowned sculpture artist
April 3, 2002
BY FRANK PROVENZANO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Joseph Wesner, a renowned sculptor and teacher
at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, died Monday. His
abstract sculptures of wood and metal are included in the
collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Art
Museum, Oakland University and the Saginaw Art Museum.
He was 46 and lived in Birmingham with his
wife, Lisa, and daughters Lauren and Isabella.
Mr. Wesner was born in Philadelphia. He earned
a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington,
D.C., and a master's of fine art, specializing in sculpture, from
Cranbrook Art Academy in 1980. Four years later, he joined CCS and
later was named head of sculpture. He was known as a tireless
advocate for students, pushing to get them recognition and jobs.
"Joseph was a remarkable artist and
teacher, whose contributions to the college were
extraordinary," said CCS President Rick Rogers.
An avid oarsman, he translated his love of the
sport of rowing into his video installation inspired by the Detroit
River, "Voyagers." The critically acclaimed piece was
featured in the DIA's "Artists Take on Detroit," an
exhibit last fall of work by local artists to commemorate the city's
A solo exhibit of Mr. Wesner's latest works
was held in 2000 at the Hill Gallery in Birmingham.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
If you have any memories,
comments etc. about Joseph, please share
them with us.