Dean Langworthy, 64, of Chicago, Illinois, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, after a prolonged illness. Dean was born in Alma, Michigan and spent early years in Flint, Michigan; high school and college years were spent in Tucson, Arizona.
He graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA degree in education in 1971, a BFA in Painting and Sculpture in 1977 and a MFA in Film and Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in 1980. He served in the United States Air Force 1971-1972 as an English language instructor during the war in Vietnam.
Dean was a practicing sculptor throughout his career; having exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and was recognized primarily for his large-scale, site-specific works and machines. He created works at Artpark in New York, Sculpture Chicago, The Houston Festival and the University of Wisconsin, as well being included in numerous exhibitions and museum collections. During his career he was selected for a number of grants and awards which included the NEA and Illinois Art Council.
Dean was Senior Rigging supervisor for Methods and Materials for 20 years, specializing in the installation of important large scale exhibitions of art including the Maori House, King Tut and Egyptian exhibitions at the Field Museum. He taught specialty art rigging classes for the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Campbell Conservation Center. He also worked as a journeyman: finish, rehab and restoration carpenter.
Dean was beloved by his family, friends and colleagues for his quiet manner, thoughtful words and love for ideas and creativity.
Dean is survived by his wife, Emily; daughters, Erica Stehle and Yvonne Langworthy; grandsons, Jarian Reddout and Craig Langworthy; and his brother, Mark Langworthy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Glen; mother, Arlene; and brother, Alan.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the “Dean A. Langworthy Memorial Sculpture Scholarship Fund”, C/O Merrill Lynch, Attn: Megan Noga, 2021 Spring Rd., 7th Fl., Oak Brook, IL, 60523.
A memorial service will be held at 10 A.M. EST, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI.
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