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Nan Cauthorn long time instructor, and daughter of Jess Cauthorn, former President of The Art institute of Seattle passed away on July, 31st 2005, after a fierce but short battle with liver cancer. In true Nan form she fought with bravery, spirit and good humor. Nan had been an inspiration to many of the students at AIS, and played a great part in the design community throughout Seattle.

Nan had deep ties with the design community and AIS. Her father, Jess Cauthorn, owned the Burnley School for Professional Art, which in 1982 became The Art Institute of Seattle. Nan earned her AAA degree from Burnley and began her teaching career at AIS in 1977.

Loved and admired by many, Nan had a big heart and an entertaining sense of humor. A charismatic instructor, over the years she shared her knowledge, experience and unique outlook on life with thousands of students, nurturing their artistic passions and always encouraging them in a positive way.

In June 2005, Nan received the AIS Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, guidance and leadership. During her time at AiS she also served on many committees, including the Faculty Committee. In 2003 she spearheaded and curated the AIS Gallery show: "The Art of the Ad - 50 Years of Commercial Art in Seattle: 1925-1975".



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