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Howard Hitchcock, Professor Emeritus, Art, (1958-1990)

Howard Hitchcock

When did you begin your career at LBSC?

I joined the faculty in the Art Department at Long Beach State College in 1958.

Why did you decide to teach at LBSC?

When I arrived at LBSC, there were only a dozen Art faculty. By 1970 we were a department of fifty full-time and fifty part-time faculty. Prior to coming to LBSC, I had taught for four years at a small college in Kentucky as a one-man art department, so I was thrilled to be part of such a large and talented faculty with such a broad program of major specializations.

In those early years there was a strong emphasis on the preparation of art teachers at the secondary level, and on art in the elementary grades. Because I had followed my MFA with an Ed.D degree, I taught courses in Crafts for Secondary Schools and Art for Elementary Teachers. Later, I taught Three-dimensional Design, and after much research, a new course in Ceramic shell Bronze Casting.

What was one of your most memorable experiences while at LBSC?

My most satisfying experience at LBSU was teaching the course in Cermic Shell casting, for which I designed and constructed the essential equipment for mixing the slurry and burning out the molds. Meeting every Monday night in the campus foundry to melt and pour bronze into red-hot molds was always exciting. Also it enabled me to pour my own work and continue my own creative efforts, which were expected of faculty.

Do you still stay connected to the university? If so, how?

I attend Chamber Music Series concerts at the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall, Emeriti Luncheons, and occasional basketball and baseball games. And I still visit the Art department to buy wax for my sculptures from the Art Store there.

What are you doing today?

Since I retired in 1990 I have been actively painting, making prints and creating sculpture. My work is being exhibited in galleries in Sunset Beach, Laguna Beach and Sedona, Arizona. In addtion, I continue to travel, play golf and sing in the Los Altos Methodist Church choir.

Howard Hitchcock

Hitchcock at work as professor and department chair in the Art Department at CSULB in 1977.

Howard Hitchcock

Hitchcock is shown removing a mold from the burnout kiln. (1983)

Howar Hitchcock

Hitchcock (far right) attends the 2010 Golden Graduates Celebration, along with other emeritus faculty members, which include Norma Gibbs, John McConnell, Dorothy Deatherage, Stuart Farber and Alton Smith.

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