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Rob Erdle, who was a painter and faculty member at the University of North Texas, is shown in 2006, before his death later that year. An exhibit of work by Erdle and his former students is at UNT on the Square.

Former students’ work shown with late mentor’s art

Students of the late painting professor Rob Erdle, regents professor emeritus at the University of North Texas, are celebrating his life by displaying his work alongside their own.

The exhibit — “Rob Erdle, His Students, His Influence” — opened last month and runs through Wednesday at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St.

Sam Ivie, one of Erdle’s former students, helped bring the exhibit to fruition.

“There was no one like Rob Erdle,” Ivie said in a news release. “He was easily one of the best teachers and best artists I have personally known. This was something I wanted to do as a way of honoring Erdle’s memory and to keep the spirit of this teaching alive.”

The exhibit includes work by former students Rebecca Barham, John Carollo, David Collins, Beth Gouldin, Sara Ibach, Mary Quiros, Amy Schnoll, Jo Williams, Stephen Zhang and Sam Ivie, as well as works by Erdle’s wife, Millie Giles.

“Various approaches and techniques will be on display,” Ivie said. “This collection of works really shows the depth of Erdle’s painting knowledge.”

UNT on the Square is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Thursday; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

— Staff report

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