Loretto celebrates collaborative work with St. Louis artist and teacher Rudy Torrini
The Loretto Community celebrates the creative minds and hearts of its members. Our authors, poets, sculptors, artists and craftspeople enhance the life of the Community and the wider world with their works.
This week we highlight Loretto’s love for artist and professor Rudy (Rudolph) Torrini, who would have turned 100 years old this year. Torrini, born March 31,1923, died in 2018. There is a lot to say about Rudy and his long connection with Loretto. Some recall he was first hired to teach art at Nerinx Hall and then at Webster College. Rudy was just Rudy; he didn’t act superior. He was both funny and demanding. He taught his students that a line could show soft and hard edges at the same time.
Rudy was kind and gentle, and his crazy sense of humor made his classes enjoyable and surprising. He gently molded his students as he formed a piece of clay. Many have Rudy’s thumb marks on their character: The thumb is the greatest tool in clay modeling.
Turn to Loretto’s Facebook page this week to see some of Rudy’s artwork and Loretto artists in action. Rudy Torrini. What a gift.