Carmen Robb

[Age 70] The artist and teacher exhibited in local galleries.

June 10, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN REPORTER

Carmen Robb, an artist who taught at Towson University for more than three decades and whose work was widely exhibited, died of a lung ailment June 3 at her Ruxton home. She was 70.

Born Carmen McDaniel in Kingman, Kan., she earned an art degree at Emporia State University and studied drawing and painting at Pennsylvania State University. She moved to Baltimore in 1965 and joined the Towson art faculty, where she remained until her 1999 retirement. Among her assignments, she taught drawing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

"She would expect her students to find answers about their work in order to push them further," said Jim Flood, a teaching colleague who lives in Glen Arm. "She was a mentor to many students who valued her opinion."

Ms. Robb exhibited her works at the School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore, the Gomez Gallery, Loyola College, Center Stage and the C. Grimaldis Gallery, among others.

A 2000 Sun review said her collages "reinterpret neoclassical images to give a contemporary twist to Renaissance and Baroque themes." Other reviews praised her creative output.

"She excelled in drawing," said Terrie Fleckenstein, a former student who owns a Towson art gallery where her works were recently displayed. "Her dynamic strokes could range from bold and powerful, suggesting propulsion through steel architecture, to delicate and sublime, for a gracefully reclining nude."

Friends said that Ms. Robb valued candor and perseverance -- and often advised her students to stick with their work.

"She was a never-ending font of encouragement, enthusiasm and a stubborn believer that anything is possible if you try," Ms. Fleckenstein said. "She a had a habit of saying exactly what was on her mind, to the shock and amusement of us all."

Ms. Robb enjoyed listening to music of the American West and the songs of Woody Guthrie. She was also a financial supporter of liberal political causes, family members said.

"She was an activist for justice and civil rights, a feminist and a healthy hedonist who believed that life was a feast," said her daughter, Aaeron Robb of Baltimore.

Plans for a July memorial service are incomplete.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her husband of 28 years, Terrance C. "Terry" Dymski; a son, Chris Robb of Baltimore; a brother, David McDaniel of Tampa, Fla.; and a sister, Julia Dubreuil of Moore, Okla. Her marriage to Mike Robb ended in divorce.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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