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|Inspired to become a painter as a student of illustrator and painter
George Ericson/Eugene Iverd (1893-1936) in Erie, Pennsylvania at
Academy High School, Joseph Plavcan enrolled in 1926 at the
Pennsylvania Academy where Ericson had also studied. Plavcan was
awarded a Cresson Scholarship, which allowed him to study in Europe in
1928. Then he returned to Erie, where he became an art teacher at
the Technical High School from 1932 to 1970. He was highly
respected and influential because he aimed his teaching far beyond the
trade-school requirements of that institution, such as taking his
students into landscape settings to do plein-air painting. |
One of his students, Rick Borgia wrote of his influence: "My artistic
skills increased through grade school and by my freshman year my
talents were recognized by the great teacher, Joseph Plavcan. He was by
far one of the most sophisticated and insightful art teachers I ever
had. I was admitted to his four hour daily class as a freshman in
1965, where the usual entry was in the sophomore year.
I studied with Plavcan for four years where he introduced me to color
theory and abstraction, while continually enriching the basics of
drawing and ‘seeing’. This eventually led to entering several
college portfolio scholarship competitions during my senior year.
By graduation from Erie Tech Memorial in 1969, I had been awarded two
separate scholarships; a two year award at the Cleveland Institute of
Art, and a full scholarship at Columbus College of Art and Design."
As a painter, he depicted landscapes and city genre scenes including people mixing together of varying racial backgrounds.
Betsy Fahlman, Artists of the Commonwealth, p. 51
The Art of Rick Borgia, http://www.rickborgia.com/index.php?s=art
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