Boston University Mourns the Passing of Joseph Ablow Professor Emeritus of Art and Former Director of the School of Visual Arts

in CFA, Visual Arts
November 28th, 2012

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA)is mourning the death of Joseph Ablow, Professor Emeritus of Art and former Director of the School of Visual Arts. Ablow passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 84 years old.

Professor Ablow taught at Boston University College of Fine Arts for more than four decades. A devoted and beloved teacher, Ablow also held academic positions at Amherst College, Wellesley College, Bard College, and Middlebury College. A Boston native, Ablow studied at Harvard University, Bennington College, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Ablow also studied painting with renowned master painters Oskar Kokoschka and Ben Shahn.

Represented by the Pucker Gallery in Boston, Ablow’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally from the Art Institute in Chicago to Kunstsalon Wolfsberg in Zurich, Switzerland. A passionate and deeply knowledgeable lover of classical music, Ablow recently described the concerns animating his monumental still-lifes as analogous to those of music. Ablow recognized the expressive power of form in abstract music to evoke and convey all sorts of levels of experience. His paintings can be found in numerous private and public collections including Brandeis University, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Boston Public Library, and the DeCordova Museum.

Professor Ablow is survived by his wife of 56 years, Roselyn Ablow, his daughter, Rachel Ablow and her partner, Ruth Mack, his grandson, Simon Ablow-Mack, his brother, Ronald Ablow and his wife, Judith, his sister Rosalie Rudnick and her husband Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations in Professor Ablow’s memory may be made to Boston University College of Fine Arts, care of the Office of Development, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 02215. To honor his legacy, donations will support need-based scholarships for gifted students at the College of Fine Arts.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 21, at 3pm in the Boston University Art Gallery (855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.)

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

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