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Former professor passes away, leaves legacy of art

By Erasmo Martinez
On February 6, 2012

Former CSM professor Vincent Rascon passed away at the age of 88 on Jan. 2, 2012.

Mr. Rascon was born in El Paso, Texas in 1923. There he attended college and obtained his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Texas. He later earned his master's degree at Los Angeles County Art Institute. His post graduate studies were fulfilled at the University of Southern Texas in El Paso.


Mr. Rascon went on to further his studies in printmaking at the University of Madrid in Spain. He also studied printmaking at the Ateiler 17 Gallery in Paris.


His work is displayed in Mexico in the Office of the Governor of Oaxaca, Merida City Museum, and Regional Museum of Oaxaca. In Spain, his work is in the Sala Provincia de Leon and the National Library of Spain.


Mr. Rascon spent 25 years of his life in the San Mateo School District teaching ceramics, etching, and glass blowing between 1963 and 1988.


After teaching, Mr. Rascon spent his time between the Bay Area and Atzompa, Mexico during retirement.


Dean Drumheller, a laboratory technician in the astronomy department, met Rascon 15 years ago in Half Moon Bay.


"He was doing some painting," said Drumheller in an email to the San Matean. "I remember him being especially creative and intelligent."


Drumheller drew portraits of Rascon while he painted. "Vince was at home with his brush," he said. "(I' m) proud to have (the time) with such a special person."


Anna Rascon, his daughter, re- members the passion Mr. Rascon conveyed in his art.


"In the past 20 years he painted and did etching," she said. "He did a lot of Mexican influenced paintings."


Mr. Rascon traveled to Paris and Venice during the summer, often using his trips for inspiration.


"(He) loved to travel," Rascon said. "His subject matter was dancers he would see on his trips."


Mr. Rascon enjoyed Half Moon Bay and the coast of California.


During his final years, Mr. Rascon lived in a village in Mexico that specializes in green glaze pottery. His time spent in there went towards helping with the pottery designs of the village.


Recently, his work was featured at the Coastal Arts League Museum in early November of 2011 with an exhibit displaying his work from the past 50 years.


"(He) was a great friend," added Rascon. "He had friends all over the world. He was always smiling. He was very generous and creative."

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