Gordon M. Ligocki

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Sept. 7, 1943 - Jan. 14, 2014
WINAMAC - Gordon M. Ligocki, 70, of Winamac, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at his residence. Born on September 7, 1943, in Hammond, Indiana, he was the son of the late Michael and Regina (Hlodnick) Ligocki. On November 30, 1994, Gordon married Linda Lee Cogdill, who survives. Gordon was a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, OH; University of Iowa, IA; and Governors State, IL. He received BFA in Fine Art, Ohio Wesleyan, OH; an MA in Drawing and Painting (Hans Brederm, Byron Burford, and John Grillo) from University of Iowa, IA; and MFA in Sculpture (under Frank Gallo and Richard Hunt) from Governors State, IL. He retired as an Art Professor at Ancilla College, Ancilla IN. He also taught art at Valparaiso University, Purdue University, and Indiana University Northwest. He was Gallery Director of fine arts at Indiana University Northwest, IN. He taught classes and workshops at the Art Barn, NIA, Hammond, IN, Gary Art Center, Gary IN, Easton, Maryland, and numerous other art associations. Gordon was also a former feature writer and art critic for the Hammond Times, Chicago Tribune, and Arts Indiana; lecturer and instructor at Northern Indiana Arts Association, Hammond, IN; John G. Blank Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN; Miller Art Project, Gary, IN; and Chesterton Art Gallery, Chesterton, IN. He has written forwards and critical reviews for books. He hosted a television program, "The Right Tool for the Right Job," Channel 29, Gary, IN, and was Illustrator for Urban and Regional Planning Institute, Iowa City, IA. Gordon is renowned in the art world. He juried Regional, National and International Art Competitions. He has curated shows for galleries and museums. Gordon was nominated in "Who's Who in America." His art can be found in permanent collections of the Midwest Museum of Art, Indianapolis Art Museum, and Valparaiso University Braer Museum. His work is included in many permanent collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Gordon also enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, hiking, and of course, his art. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lee Ligocki of Winamac; sons, Ian Ligocki and Tristan Ligocki, both of Iowa City, Iowa; stepdaughters, Renata Heinsen of Monterey and Sonya Smith (Joseph) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brothers, Lewelyn Ligocki (Martha) of Eugene, Oregon, and Martin Ligocki of Crown Point; sister, Sylvia Wagner (Edward) of Marshfield, Wisconsin; mother-in-law, Ruth Cogdill of Kewanna; and grandchildren, Doran, Lillian, Roan, Olivia, Sid, Emery, and Charlie Elizabeth. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Gordon's Celebration of Life Service will be held in the spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison Metzger-Rans Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Kewanna Chapel. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Ligocki family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.
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123 East Main  Kewanna, IN 46939
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Jan. 19, 2014