Margaret Twitchell Swank, 90, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007.
Mrs. Swank was a significant member of the Mansfield art world. She was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Baltimore, Md. to Mansfield natives, Albert L. Twitchell and Rhea Mowry Twitchell. She graduated from Mansfield High School and the Cleveland Institute of Art where she was a full scholarship student graduating with a fine arts degree in portraiture. Margaret was instrumental in organizing the Mansfield Fine Arts Guild in 1947, and recently co-curated a Founding Members Show at the Mansfield Art Center.
She helped to guide the Art Guild from shows in the library and the Leland Hotel in the 40s and 50s to classes and shows at Kingwood Center in the 60s, to a home in the Park Building and finally to the Mansfield Art Center's permanent and current home on Marion Avenue, in the early 70s. Margaret began the Children's Art classes at Kingwood and taught art education at Ashland College.
She taught adult and private classes for more than 60 years. Mrs. Swank has won awards in many juried May Shows, exhibited in regional venues (Columbus Statehouse Exhibit) and invitational art shows (College of Wooster, Sandusky Cultural Center). After serving on the Board for many years, Margaret was made a lifetime trustee of the Mansfield Art Center.
Additionally, she was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Richland Academy of the Arts. In 1995, the Art Center displayed, "A Margaret Twitchell Swank Retrospective," an exhibit of her lifeworks. She has been a prolific artist and her paintings, drawings and pastel works, as well as her porcelain angels, are on display in private collections nationally. In her last years, family, caregivers, Linda Gorsuch and Pam Swank and friend, Jan Wisner, have made it possible for her to stay in her own home until her last illness. She continued, with their loving care, to touch many people by sharing her talents and her artistic outlook on life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Swank; and brothers, Jack and Larry Twitchell.
She is survived by two sisters, Joan Betz and Nancy (Murray) Swihart; three children, Susan Line, Patricia (John) Krebs and Robert (Jean) Swank; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Michelle) Swank, Jessica Swank, Viktor (Jennifer) Krebs, Kimberle (James) Easton, Kate (Jeff) Wesley and Richard (Melissa) Barnes; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday in First Congregational Church, Marion Ave., Mansfield, with the Rev. Clifford D. Schutjer officiating. A family greeting will follow at The Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Ave., Mansfield, OH 44906.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mansfield Art Center.
Wappner Funeral Directors assisted the family with arrangements. Guest registry at wappner.com