Arthur Emillien Deshaies
DUNCAN, SC-- Arthur Emillien Deshaies was born either June 6th or July 6, 1920, in Providence, RI to his French parents, Arthur and Emillien Vue Deshaies. He was educated at the Cooper Union Art School in New York until the outbreak of WWII. During the war he was a paratrooper and an official war artist. After his service he received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1948 and his MFA from Indiana University in 1950.
Arthur taught at Indiana University, the Ogunquit School of Painting and Sculpture, the Pratt Institute in NYC and most recently as Professor of Art at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL from 1963 until his retirement in 1989. He was the recipient of many fellowships and grants including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Tiffany Fellowship, and grants from the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Arthur's works are exhibited and represented in most of the major collections and museums in Europe and North & South America. He is recognized as one of the world's leading printmasters and painters. In addition to his love for art, Arthur is remembered for his love of life. He cherished his time with his family and friends. He loved fishing, gardening, music, traveling and visits with his friends at his favorite home away from home, the Middle Tyger Library.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Seay Deshaies of Duncan; children, Leane Edwards and husband Michael of Charlotte, NC, Dephne Haverkamp and husband Obbe of Greensboro, NC, Mignon Deshaies of Tallahassee, FL, Michael Seay of Tallahassee, FL, Julie Smith and husband Jay of Camden, SC, and Dale Seay and wife Lynne of Duncan, SC; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial services will be held at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to Doctor's Without Borders or to the Middle Tyger Library.
Arthur had a large extended family and a multitude of loving friends, and his kindness, wit, and generous spirit will be sorely missed.
Stribling Funeral Home - Duncan, SC