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The University Remembers Dr. Meredith Rode

The University of the District of Columbia is deeply saddened by the death of one of the longtime pillars of our institution, Dr. Meredith Rode, who died on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Dr. Rode had an active career as an educator, administrator, exhibiting artist and lecturer on art and art history. Her professional career as an educator had been largely at the University of the District of Columbia. She joined one of its predecessors, the Federal City College in its first year, 1968 and was integral in developing the initial degree program in art at Federal City College. She developed new approaches to teaching studio and art history with a global perspective.  As Professor of Art she inspired and was loved by countless numbers of students. She also served as Chair of the Art Department and Chair of the Department of Mass Media, Visual and Performing Arts. As a caring administrator, she assisted generations of students and kept careful watch on everything that had to do with the University and seeing that it fulfilled its mission in the community.  She was honored for her contributions in 2009 when she received the Dr. Marjorie Holloman Parker Distinguished Educator's Award at the 2009 Founder’s Day recognition.

“Meredith was a tireless champion for the University and all of the good it was, is and is to be,” said Dr. April Massey, Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Rode was always present to give her eloquent voice of support for her beloved University and was well known in the Washington, DC community.

As an artist, her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Delaware Museum of Art and the Utah Museum of Art. Ms. Rode’s work was included in the U.S. Department of State Art in the Embassies program, exhibiting in Haiti, the Bahamas, Switzerland, Austria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other embassy venues. She is included in Who’s Who in American Art and has lectured at professional conferences in the U.S., the UK and France. Her recent work had extended beyond printmaking, with symbolic images painted on hubcaps.

Dr. Rode received both the Bachelor of Art History and Master of Fine Arts degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  She received her Doctoral degree in Art History and Visual Culture from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Rode’s life and work at the University will be remembered by two special events in the coming weeks.   A special art exhibition, "Inner Circle", will be showcased in UDC's Gallery 42 for two weeks to celebrate Meredith Rode's gifts as a teacher, colleague, and friend.  On Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM, there will be a special opening reception, which will serve as UDC's memorial gathering, and all are encouraged to attend. The art show is a tribute to Dr. Rode featuring original works created by her loving students and colleagues in the UDC Art Program.

Gallery 42 is located in building 42, room A-12. Gallery hours are extended for this special exhibit, from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Monday - Thursday. The exhibit will remain on view in Gallery 42 from September 19 to October 4.

Also, an interview of Dr. Rode, completed for the student produced show THE CIRCUIT on UDC-TV last year, will be re-broadcast.  The broadcast will be introduced by remembrances from colleagues, students, and friends.  The schedule for the rebroadcast and on campus screenings will be made available by week’s end.