Sunday, January 10, 2010

Devin Charles Hosselkus

[CCAI shares this sad news from Marjorie Vecchio and the UNR Art Department Sheppard Gallery Staff. Our deepest sympathies go to Devin Hosselkus' family and friends]

"Devin Hosselkus - our beloved friend, former gallery preparator and University of Nevada, Reno BFA graduate - passed away on December 30th from a yearlong battle with cancer. He would have been 25 years-old next month. As many of you know, Devin played a deeply integral part in our programming's success and he remains a favored student by all of our out-of-town visiting artists and speakers for the past three years. His loss is irreconcilable. Just a few months ago Sheppard Gallery began organizing a solo exhibition and catalog with Devin of his latest artwork for Fall 2010; this exhibition will still happen and you'll receive information when it approaches.

A memorial service is scheduled on Friday Jan. 22nd from 4 - 6:30 pm at the Nevada Museum of Art, with speakers beginning at 4 pm in the theatre. We hope you can attend and please spread the word. I also want to thank all of you who supported Devin and his family by participating in the Benefit Auction held for him last year by the generous folks at Studio on 4th. Devin and his family were extremely touched by the loving outpouring of our amazing Reno-area community.

For more information please see the Reno Gazette-Journal obituary cut/pasted below or call the gallery at 775-784-6658.

Marjorie Vecchio and Sheppard Gallery Staff"


Reno Gazette-Journal
January 8, 2010

Devin Charles Hosselkus
February 6, 1985 - December 30, 2009

Devin Charles Hosselkus, age 24, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital after a courageous and poignant year-long fight against Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Devin graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. He was a frequent contributor to the Reno community arts scene and worked as a lead artist for the Reno Youth Artworks program in 2008. In January of 2009 Devin opened a solo art exhibition at McKinley Arts and Culture Center in downtown Reno. He also worked as a preparator at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at UNR for more than a year and illustrated a children's book written by a local author. When Devin was diagnosed with cancer in February, he was preparing to travel to Vermont for an artist's residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Throughout his extensive cancer treatments, Devin continued to create art in anticipation of applying to graduate school. Devin fought against his cancer with every thread of his being, without complaint. He was and is an inspiration to those who were fortunate enough to know him. His spirit survives in his artwork and he will be remembered and loved always.

Devin is survived by his parents, Chuck and Debbie Hosselkus and his sister, Erika Hosselkus. He is also survived by grandparents, Del and Emma Hosselkus, Dick and Linda Metcalf, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Tribute to Devin will be held at The Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St., Reno, NV 89501 on Friday, January 22, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tribute will begin at 4 p.m. in the theater. Reception will follow in Reynolds Hall.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to UCSF Children's Hospital Inpatient Pediatric Oncology Service at UCSF Foundation Inpatient Pediatric Oncology Service, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. Please specify that your donation is in memory of Devin Hosselkus.

[Text from Sheppard Art Gallery. Graphic from Devin Hosselkus' Flickr site. Caption: "'Central Plaza.' Across Virginia Street from the mural is central plaza. Which is depicted here. On the upper left is the Sienna Hotel Casino complex and on the right is the U.S. Post Office which was built during the New Deal campaign. Painting measures 124 sq feet. (204" x 144")"]

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