"What's in a Memorial" by Reed Cardwell
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that art instructor Reed Cardwell passed away due to a long illness on Sunday, July 14, 2013.
Reed was a San Diego native and worked full-time as a painter and teacher in fine arts for 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach, and also attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He was mentored by noted artist Harold Kramer, and studied with San Francisco Bay Area Figurative Group painter, Nathan Oliveira in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In addition to teaching, Reed worked as an animation artist for Walt Disney Feature Animation in Burbank for six years. While at Disney he worked on "The Fox and The Hound," "The Black Cauldron," and "The Great Mouse Detective."
Reed’s family has organized a celebration of his life at Art Academy of San Diego on Sunday, August 25th, from 3-6 p.m. If you are unable to attend, we would like to invite you to post a note or email us with your reflections on Reed that we can pass along to them to his family. They will undoubtedly value your thoughts at this time.
Lastly, we want to share the news that one of Reed’s colleagues at Extension, Pia Stern, has agreed to step in to teach Reed’s Saturday courses in abstract painting in the upcoming fall and winter quarters. Pia is well known to many of our students as an accomplished painter and educator. For those of you who were planning to take these courses with Reed, we hope that you will consider continuing your studies with Pia, who shares our conviction that it is important for us to carry on Reed’s legacy among his students at Extension.