Longview resident Joe fischer recently donated $ 50,000 to Starlight Studio and Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY
The studio supports adults with disabilities in their artistic development.
According to a studio press release, Fischer served in the Air Force as an air traffic controller and graphic designer in the 1950s.
In 1963, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon.
He has “educated and created opportunities for artists across the country,” including during his nearly 30-year tenure as director of the Creative Craft Center at State University of New York at Buffalo de 1965 to 1994, the release said.
At the Craft Center, students and community members studied weaving, pottery, metals, stained glass, and photography. Fischer taught drawing and painting.
Jim Puglisi, Director of the Craft Center, said, “Joe was awesome. I was fortunate to have him as a mentor and friend. He created deep bonds with his students; some that he continues to teach and counsel today from 3,000 miles away.
Fischer also taught at Empire State College from 1975 to 1994 and at the University of Buffalo from 1970 to 1994.
Fischer’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries in New York City and the Pacific Northwest. His works of art are in collections around the world, including Canada, Ecuador, Norway and Sweden, the statement said.