Toshiko Takaezu in 1967, her first year at Princeton. (PAW Archives)
A simple, solemn bronze bell hangs from a wooden post at the entrance to Princetonâs Sept. 11 memorial garden outside Chancellor Green. Titled âRemembrance,â the bell was created by Toshiko Takaezu, a longtime faculty member in Princetonâs visual-arts program.
Takaezu, who died in 2011, first arrived on campus in 1967, two years before the beginning of coeducation. She was among a handful of artists who breathed new life into creative-arts instruction during an expansion led by then-President Robert Goheen â40 *48.Â Takaezu also earned acclaim for her innovative work as a ceramicist, painter, and weaver.
In 1996, four years after retiring from teaching, Takaezu received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at Princetonâs commencement. The citation credited her for encouraging âgenerations of Princeton students to use their creative powers to shape and center their lives.â