OSWEGO, NY – George D. O’Connell, 88, a resident of Baylis Street in the town of Oswego, passed away Monday May 11, 2015, from Parkinson’s disease, in the Manor at Seneca Hill.
George was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of the late George E. and Amelia (Danthine) O’Connell.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army.
A contemporary American printmaker and painter, George received degrees for his studies at the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and 1951.
He then continued his art education at Ohio State University in 1952 and 1953.
He was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Award, which enabled him to conclude his studies at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam (1959-1960).
He was a professor of art at SUNY Oswego from 1969 until his retirement in 1991.
He had formerly taught at the University of Maryland, SUNY Buffalo and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
George was a member of the Philadelphia Print Club, the Boston Printmakers and the Society of American Graphic Artists.
For the past 45 years, George’s prints and paintings have been included in major exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad.
Public collections that today house examples of his art include the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Collection of Fine Arts, the New York Public Library, the Cleveland Museum of Fine Art, the California Legion of Honor, the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, the Gemeente Museum Van Schone Kunsten, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow and the British Museum in London.
He was the recipient of many awards and honors for his work, including listings in Who’s Who in The World, and Who’s Who in American Art. He was commissioned to create numerous pieces, including The Memorial Wall at Oneonta Hospital.
His work has been exhibited in a variety of juried, invitational, and single-person shows and collections throughout the United States, and internationally. He once described his work as “an aesthetic response to human activity and to places that fascinate me, I do not report and record; rather, I improvise around such themes. It is always an adventure.”
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marilyn (Winkler) O’Connell of Oswego; a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy (Christine) O’Connell of Brockport; two grandchildren, Katelyn and Kevin O’Connell of Brockport; two nephews, Terry Lynch of Nevada and Michael Lynch of Wisconsin and their families.
He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara O’Connell.
At George’s request, services will be private and there will be no calling hours.
It is requested that friends and family say a prayer at one’s own church, or perform an act of kindness, in his memory.
Arrangements are in care of the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, Oswego.