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Monday, May 02, 2016

Arts Center to Celebrate Howard Munce

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Howard Munce in the 1960s. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The life of Howard Munce, the “dean of Westport artists,” is set to be celebrated Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center (WAC), event planners announced today.

A Westport resident since 1935 and a spry, ubiquitous presence in town arts circles, Munce died at his Westport home on March 5 at 100.  (See WestportNow March 8, 2016)

He was revered as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer, as well as a living link to the town’s time-honored arts history.

“Howard Munce was an incredibly generous and talented man, whose guiding influence helped shape the Westport Arts Center, as well as the larger arts community of Westport,” said said Amanda Innes, WAC executive director.

“We are honored to host this celebration of his life and accomplishments.”

It was Munce’s time as a Marine during Wold War II in the South Pacific that inspired an antiwar poem and cartoon that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1946.

After the war, he worked as a creative director for notable New York advertising agencies like Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson, and Foote, Cone & Belding.

He led national accounts for Rheingold Beer, Jaguar and others with a keen eye, sense of humor and self-integrity, friends say.

Disillusioned with the trials of advertising, Munce later set out on his own as an illustrator, writer and teacher in Westport, where he worked with and befriended generations of artists.

He could regularly be found attending sketch classes, curating shows and at art openings well into his 90s.

For further information on the event, contact WAC at (203) 222-7070 or visit http://www.westportartscenter.org.

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