In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art '78)
Mary Ellen Sullivan-Rickey (B.F.A. Studio Art ’78), a former lecturer in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel at the College of Design, died on March 28, 2014 after a courageous but brutally short journey with Leiomyosarcoma. She had many overlapping careers as a remarkable artist and insightful
teacher. She taught design, painting, drawing, color theory, and fashion
illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the
University of St. Catherine, and finally at the University of Minnesota
in the Department of Design, Housing and Apparel. She was a consummate
clothing designer and tailor who blossomed in her ultimate creative
calling designing costumes for VISTA Theater Productions.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Convent of the Visitation School, DeSales Auditorium, July 12, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred in her honor to the Visitation Sullivan-Rickey Theater Fund, Convent of the Visitation School @ 2455 Visitation Drive, or to the Experimental Vehicle Team, Saint Thomas Academy @ 949 Mendota Heights Road, both in Mendota Heights, MN 55120.