Rubén Trejo, 1937-2009

We’ve Lost a Great Friend and Artist

All of us were saddened to learn that the artist and teacher Rubén Trejo passed away July 19, 2009. Rubén was a friend and supporter of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture for over 30 years and one of the Northwest’s most highly regarded nationally known artists. He was a professor Emeritus at Eastern Washington University from which he retired in 2003. He had dozens of exhibitions throughout his long career and has major works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and many others.  He was a gifted, dedicated teacher who always supported and encouraged all the community’s artists.  For over 30 years he was a mentor to a generation of young Chicanos who entered EWU, often the first in their families seeking higher education. And he was one of our community’s most committed supporters of art, education, and culture. But more than any of that, Rubén Trejo was genuine, he was sincere, and he was generous in everything: The gifts of his intelligence and imagination, his cooking and hosting (no one loved a party and the company of friends more than Rubén), the joy of his sense of humor – present in much of his work – and laughter brought all those who knew him, and the sincerity and depth of his spirit. There will be a memorial service at the Jundt Art Museum on Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. His family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to EWU’s Rubén Trejo Scholarship fund, which Rubén Trejo and his family established.

Announcement from the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture