In Memoriam: Aldo Casanova

Aldo CasanovaWorld-renowned sculptor and Professor Emeritus Aldo Casanova died on September 10, 2014, after a lengthy and distinguished career in the arts. He was 85.

Casanova taught at Scripps from 1966-1999, where he inspired many students who went on to prominent art careers of their own, including Judith Davies ’69, Amy Ellingson ’86, and Elizabeth Turk ’83.

Casanova’s work spans many genres, including animal, human, and abstract forms, but he is best known for his exquisite bronzes. Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62, former art writer for the Los Angeles Times, described Casanova as an artist “steeped in tradition but attuned to the present.”

Honored many times throughout his career, Casanova was elected to the National Academy of Design in 1992 and was designated a fellow of the National Sculpture Society in 1994.

A native Californian, Casanova was born to Italian immigrant parents in San Francisco in 1929. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Francisco State University and his PhD from The Ohio State University. In addition to his time at Scripps, he taught at San Francisco State University, Antioch College, Temple University, State University of New York in Albany, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Casanova was a beloved member of the Claremont community and credited the beauty of his surroundings with inspiring a great deal of his work. In an interview with the National Sculpture Society, he said, “When I’m stuck, I’ll take a drive to Mount Baldy, and let my mind clear. Nature always refreshes me.” He is survived by his longtime partner Jill Fulton.

To find Professor Casanova’s works on campus, visit our interactive campus map online.


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