Jim Falck’s Passing

October 7, 2013

It is with tremendous sadness that I share with you the news that Beverly artist Jim Falck – alumnus, teacher, and dear friend of the College – died early Saturday morning, Oct. 5. He became ill just six weeks ago and was being cared for at home by his niece and her husband.

Jim became a renowned landscape architect for the Boston parks system before entering the fine arts concentration at Montserrat. (He was the first male student in my course Women and Art!) Later he designed the Montserrat and Carol Schlosberg Alumni galleries, showed recently in Montserrat Gallery’s SEVEN exhibition (which also starred his beloved Big Boy), and mentored many artists, young and old, in his Continuing Education course that he called “Painting on the Wild Side.” For the last decade, Jim sponsored a student from his alma mater, NDSU, to attend the summer program in Viterbo, Italy, a place he loved. Some of us remember, with amusement and horror, the time he jumped off a moving train in Orte, when he realized it was going to roll through his station without stopping. A determined, gifted and prolific artist, there is no question that he lived large and his life touched many.

No service is planned, but there will be a gathering of friends later this fall at Montserrat.The family will be publishing a full obituary and announcement of the gathering in The Salem News and The Boston Globe at that time.


Laura Tonelli

Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Montserrat College of Art