In Memoriam Copy

June 6, 2022

The School of Art + Design is saddened by the passing of Peter Bodnar on August 10, 2021.

Professor Peter Bodnar taught in the Painting program from 1962 until he retired in 1992.

Melissa Merli interviewed him in her Studio Visit series in 2014 – it can be found here.

His obituary may be found here.


On behalf of the Peter Bodnar family, June and Jerry Savage are hosting a memorial gathering, remembering Peter Bodnar, who passed away last year.

A selection of Peter’s paintings which show his artistic journey will be on display.

Peter taught painting and drawing at the University of Illinois for 35 years and was instrumental in the founding of the recruiting program of Native American Indians. Norman Akers , Olin Perkins, Louie Ballard, and Char Teeters were some of the programs recruits. The School of Art and Design’s recruitment program was a significant element in the University building a Native American Unit. The impact of the School of Art and Design’s efforts helped change the Nation’s cultural understanding of Native American issues which is still felt today.

The memorial will take place on Sunday May 29, 2022 from 2-5pm at 2137 CR 1100 N, Sidney, IL.





Peter Bodnar sitting on chair holding two of his paintings in bold red
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