Porter Hall lost a little of its color last fall: Marjorie Schick, who taught 50 years as a college professor and was known internationally for her wearable art, died Dec. 17, 2017, after a short illness. She had just retired at the end of the Spring Semester.

Marjorie Schick

Marjorie Schick

“Marjorie was the innovation, she was the revolution, and she did it with a quiet grace that allowed everyone to participate,” said Rhona Shand, associate professor of art. “She did this not only by the work she made, but her commitment to how she made it and who she was: witty, humble, and completely approachable. She will be missed.”

Art Department Interim Chair Jamie Oliver said she impacted countless students and faculty.

“Nothing I can say will actually encompass the amount of love and respect that we as a Department hold for Marjorie and her work,” he said. “Her teaching modeled her artmaking process: leading by example and consistently innovating.”

Schick was known for her body sculptures and large-scaled jewelry of painted wood and papier-mâché.

Her husband, James Schick, was a PSU history professor for 50 years. Their dual professorships as a married couple would set the record as two of the longest, if not the longest, in the university’s history.   

Schick’s work has been included in the Smithsonian Institute archives and can be found in museums and private collections around the world.

A hardcover book of her art, “Sculpture to Wear: The Jewelry of Marjorie Schick,” was published in 2007.