Alum Guerine Gives Back to WIU Art

Guerine '72 (center), with Mick Cumbie, COFAC director of development (left), and Julie Murphy '94 MS 95' (right)

Guerine '72 (center), with Mick Cumbie, COFAC director of development (left), and Julie Murphy '94 MS 95' (right)

From Developments, Newsletter of the WIU Foundation and private giving on behalf of Western Illinois University

1972 fine arts graduate Rich Guerine says “Western was one of the best times of my life.” Guerine’s diverse career includes military service, professional car racing, law school, the insurance industry, contract work, and property management.

Following a previous undergraduate degree from Parsons College (Fairfield, Iowa) and a tour of Viet Nam, Guerine came to Western seeking a degree in secondary education. After taking some general courses and a few of particular interest, including art history and sculpture, he switched directions and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art. “I finally was given a chance to use my creative abilities,” said Guerine. “I never knew how much I loved art until I came to Western.”
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