Regent's Proceedings 97
The Regents of the University hereby record their appreciation of the outstanding service given to the University of Michigan by Jean Paul Slusser in the thirty-two years of his formal association with the University as artist, teacher, critic, and administrator.
After earning the A.B. degree at the University of Michigan in 1909, Professor Slusser continued study at the graduate level at his Alma Mater; at the University of Munich: at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; at the Arts Students' League of New York, to which he repeatedly returned; and at the Hans Hofman Schule in Munich.
Prior to accepting a permanent appointment at the University in 1925, he had been Instructor in English at the University of Texas for two years had served for two years with the Medical Corps and with the Sanitary Corps of the U. S. Army at Fort McHenry.
In the Summer Sessions of 1921 and 1922, he had taught Drawing and Painting at the University. He was Instructor in Drawing and Painting from 1925 and 1927, Assistant Professor from 1927 to 1936. Associate Professor from 1936 to 1944, and Professor from 1944 until his retirement. In 1946 he was appointed Acting Director of the Museum of Art, becoming Director in 1947.
Professor Slusser has been consistent in his production of paintings, both in watercolor and in oil, and has had one-man shows in a number of galleries. His teaching has been greatly enriched by the constant practice of his art.
In addition to his reputation as an artist, Professor Slusser has also gained marked distinction as a critic of fine art, having been art critic for the Boston Herald and the New York Herald. Early in his career, he showed extraordinary ability to organize the work of committees and to expedite the resolution of committee assignments. This ability, joined with his reputation as artist critic, and teacher, led to his appointment as Director of the University's Museum of Art. The assignment afforded him the opportunity of developing all of his talents to the full, with the result that the Museum of Art profited immeasurably by his appointment.
The Regents wish Professor Slusser much enjoyment of his well-earned leisure. They confer upon him the titles Professor Emeritus of Drawing and Painting and Director Emeritus of the Museum of Art. They cordially invite him to avail himself of the courtesies usually shown emeritus members of the faculty.