Webster University art department professor dies


A Webster professor in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts died April 3.

Director of Public Relations Patrick Giblin confirmed Brad Loudenback, a professor of drawing, died in his sleep in the early morning.

Tom Lang, Chair of the Department of Art, Design and Art History (DADAH) said the department’s thoughts and prayers are with Loudenback’s family and with the students, staff and faculty grieving his loss.

“He had a lasting impact on generations of students and he was a vital and active member of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History,” Lang said. “He understood that drawing is an intellectual pursuit that enables us to find meaning and personal relevance in the world and also that the ability to observe detail and subtlety helps us understand the invisible structure of the visible … The DADAH is deep in a grieving process.”

Flowers and art history books adorn the student-created shrine in the Visual Arts Studio.
Flowers and art history books adorn the student-created shrine in the Visual Arts Studio. Photo by Andrew McMunn

Webster University extended their condolences to his wife, Gwyneth Williams, professor of political science, and his stepdaughter Brynn Davis in an April 5 statement.

Loudenback taught all levels of drawing and introductory painting. He also taught Northern Renaissance and Nineteenth Century art history courses. He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in painting. He also received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in the History of Ideas.

Webster art students created a “drawing shrine” to honor Loudenback’s memory. The shrine is right inside the main entrance of the Visual Arts studio.

Loudenback’s visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122.

A memorial service for Loudenback will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood at 100 East Adams Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63103.

The Journal will update the story when more information becomes available.

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