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Emeritus Faculty: Richard Marcusen


B.A., Brigham Young University

M.A., University of Oregon

Post Graduate Study in Denmark, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and ASU

At A Glance

Started 1971
Classes Taught Advanced Sculpture III - VI, Advanced Welded Metal Sculpture, Art Theory & Design II, Independent Study, Jewelry I & II, Sculpture I & II, Sculpture: Welded Metal I & II, Three Dimensional Design, Wood I & II
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Retired 2000

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  • List of written works published, public artwork, music written and performed

Yavapai College Career

Mr. Dick Marcusen began teaching in the Art Department in 1971.  He taught Jewelry-Making, Sculpture, Three-Dimensional Design, Welded Metal Sculpture, and Woodworking. The Jewelry-Making and Woodworking classes were always a big draw for students. He and Vince Kelly, another Emeritus Art Instructor started at the same time. They, Elaine Farrar, and Glen Peterson helped Ed Branson, the founding Art Faculty, expand the art courses to a diverse and thriving art program. 

In the early years up until the 1990’s, Yavapai College was responsible for offering classes to all of Northern Arizona. The full-time YC Art faculty were assigned visitations of outlying extension locations. The goal of these visits was to help insure that the Art curriculum taught in these locations met college standards for YC credit.To facilitate these visits, the college would fly Mr. Marcusen and other faculty to these locations several times each semester. His oral history interview contains several hair-raising stories of flying in and out of these communities.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Marcusen saw art change from a materials-based medium to a digital one. When he was the Art Division Chair in the early 1990’s, the department was able to establish a well-equipped computer lab for the digital art classes. He though always preferred the hands-on experience.

Since 1984, he has been involved with the Friends of Yavapai College Art. He has been instrumental in the development of the YC Art Gallery and the Sculpture Garden. He considers the Sculpture Garden to be a vital component of the community providing a much-needed quiet, contemplative space where visitors can enjoy fine examples of contemporary sculpture.

Mr. Marcusen was the Visual and Performing Arts Chair for eight years until he retired.

Committee Work:

  • Faculty Association President 1981/82
  • Faculty Senator 1975/76; 1995/96
  • Visual and Performing Arts Division Chair - 8 years

Mr. Dick Marcusen retired in 2000 and was recognized as Emeritus Faculty for his many contributions to the college.

Community Gothic Sculpture in the Sculpture Garden

Oral History Interview

Additional Photos

Former Friends of Yavapai College Art Gallery on Rush St.