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Celebration of life planned for Professor Nils Lou

Nils LouA celebration of life for Nils Lou, professor of ceramics and sculpture at Linfield College since 1984, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in Ice Auditorium of Melrose Hall at Linfield College. A reception will follow in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose, at 7 p.m.

Nils, who passed away Dec. 25, has been described as an artist, teacher, golf coach, and beloved and playful spirit. He devoted over 30 years of creativity, passion and brilliance to Linfield College. He remained an active and engaged professor, publishing and exhibiting his work, having shown in more than 200 exhibitions during his career. He received numerous awards and recognitions including two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Oregon Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award. He was one of the founders of the East Creek Anagama kiln and the author of several books, videos and articles including “The Art of Firing” and “The Art of Play.” His works are featured in collections throughout the world including the Moscow Kremlin in Russia, Kanto Gakuin University in Japan and the National Museum of Art in Costa Rica.

A full obituary was published in the McMinnville News-Register. Learn more about Nils and see his work.