Artist gets posthumous degree PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 03 May 2013 10:31
Mark Borsz was in the glass program at BGSU. (Photo provided)
Bowling Green State University senior Mark Borsz was in his final semester as a Falcon when he died suddenly while out for a run on Feb. 24.
On Saturday morning, Borsz' family will be receiving a posthumous Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Three-Dimensional Studies on their son's behalf.
Borsz, a 22-year-old from Columbia Station in northeast Ohio, was just four classes and a half-semester away from earning his degree.
"Graduation would have been one of the best days of his life," his mother, Debbie Borsz said. "Mark put himself through college and got it done in four years, not five which he would have been very proud of. Plus, he loved BGSU and the art department, especially the glass family. He was very proud of everything that he had accomplished so far."
Just days before his death, he received the Robert Hurlstone Award, the highest honor in the glass program at BGSU.
Dr. Katerina Ruedi Ray, director of the School of Art, spoke on the impact Borsz had on the BGSU community during the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition in March.
"I knew (Mark), among our 670 students, because of his radiant smile and eagerness to help, to communicate, and to share," Ray said.
"Mark was also a brother to other glass students and a deeply talented and dedicated artist," she said.
Ray also shared an excerpt of a text Borsz used to describe his work.
"My approach towards art is playful and light. My art is merely meant to bring enjoyment to the viewer and a reprieve from the seriousness of the real world," he wrote.
"Glassblowing is also the largest puzzle I have ever encountered because the whole process of glass blowing is full of trial and error just like a puzzle."
The posthumous degree will be given to the Borsz family Saturday during the 9:30 a.m. graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the BGSU Firelands campus at the Stroh Center.
"It will be a very difficult task, very emotional," Debbie Borsz said. "My daughters have already said that they'll be a wreck and I know we will, too, but it's very important as a family that we support Mark even though he is physically not with us. In spirit and memory, he lives with our family every day."
Mark was one of four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters.
"We can't say enough about how wonderful the BGSU community has been throughout what is the most difficult time in our lives," she said. "From the president and art director on down to his buddies in the glass department, all of them have made us feel welcomed into their lives so that we may learn more about how our son was when he was at BGSU."
Mark was well-known around campus as a resident advisor. He also served as treasurer for the Student Art Glass Association and was a teaching assistant in the art studio.
His mother described him as a problem solver, quick to catch on, hard worker, humble, talented, passionate, optimistic, determined, ambitious, funny, caring and resourceful.
He had plans to figure out how to build and run a glass kiln off of solar power and he wanted to find an old factory to turn into his own studio space. He also planned to later attend graduate school.
The family has also started a scholarship fund in Mark's memory at BGSU for a glass student to continue to study the art they love.

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