Ishkhanian, Arda Iris
Arda Iris Ishkhanian, 55, De Pere died on February 7, in a one-vehicle accident while en route to Wadi Hitan (The Valley of the Whales) one of the world's best-preserved paleontological sites near Fayoum City, Egypt. She was born in Cairo, on March 19, 1957. Her parents, Levon Ishkanian and Alice Tchakedjian, residents of Heliopolis, Egypt, both predeceased her in 2012. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Perkin;, daughter, Nina Perkins;and brother, Arlen Iskhanian, Sydney, Australia.
In 1985, she received a BFA in Film/Video from the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, with further Computer Graphics/Programming experience at San Francisco State University. She was awarded her Teacher Certification in 1994, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, with further interactive multimedia studies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1994 to 1998.
Arda's videos were shown around the country, her artwork was most recently exhibited at the Neville Public museum and she was an occasional performance artist. Arda was also co-curator of the WC Gallery (De Pere).
Over the last decade Arda was an art teacher in Brown County, and more recently at the Wisconsin International School in De Pere, where her classroom was filled with art from all over the world and a message about the absolute necessity of having art in our lives.
Mother, wife, artist, art teacher, free spirit and a world citizen fluent in four languages, she will be returned to her home in San Francisco. May she go in peace.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Feb. 26, 2013