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1969 Class Note: The Glassmans
The Glassmans with President Shirley Raines
The Glassmans with President Shirley Raines
Richard Glassman (BS, JD ’72) and Susan Lawless Glassman (BA ’75) donated this Rock Demarco tiger painting to the U of M in fall 2010. It now hangs in the first floor of the University Center. The Glassmans bought the painting at the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet where Demarco, a speed painter and performance artist, was the guest entertainer. Demarco paints most pictures in about 10 minutes, keeping the audience on edge the entire time. “No one could figure out what the painting was until he put the eyes and whiskers on it,” Richard Glassman said. Demarco completed three paintings – Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley and the tiger – at the event and auctioned them to benefit the Alumni Association. Demarco, called the “world’s fastest speed painter,” has toured the world with his speed paint show and raised more than $1 million for various charities.

The Glassmans purchased the tiger painting for $7,700. U of M President Shirley Raines is pleased the art is now a part of the U of M. “We’ve decorated this entire University Center with tigers, and we like the fact that this one was given to us by alums of the University,” Raines said. Glassman served as president of the Alumni Association from 2002-04.

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