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The recipient of the 1997 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, Richard Monson, has retired as professor emeritus of art after 32 years of inspiring an appreciation for the subject and its various forms.
Respected by both faculty and students, Monson has charted a course for success throughout his tenure. As a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, he was dedicated to personal and professional development. Monson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Since then he has progressed through the ranks of academia, tackling administrative and leadership responsibilities as department chair for seven years while sharpening both his artistic and teaching skills.
Monson contributed many innovative ideas to further Central’s art education curriculum. To show students art takes on many forms and is not limited to a painting or drawing he created a 20-part video series to complement his textbook, Patterns: Analytical, Critical and Creative Thinking and The Visual Arts. He worked closely with students and initiated the art department’s internship program. His achievements also include helping to guide the university’s art program in pursuit of accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Monson and his wife Joyce have a daughter, Janet Bryan, and a son, John, both Central graduates.