Artist to mark 60th reunion with gift painting
Artist William T. Zivic plans to donate one of his original paintings to his alma mater, Luther L. Wright High School. Zivic, an Ironwood native and 1948 graduate, lives in Casa Grande, Ariz.

In "Open Range," a 24-by-36-inch acrylic, Zivic has painted the letters "IHS 48" and 10 hidden images, a "little touch to make it personal for the school," he wrote in a letter to an Ironwood friend, Rod Stockhaus.

Zivic served in the U.S. Army in Korea and Germany in the 1950s. He worked in the Geneva Mine. After the mines closed, Zivic and his wife, the former Carol Engebretsen, moved to Tucson, Ariz.

Zivic worked as a police officer, then detective, then police sketch artist. Eventually, he quit the police force and opened an art gallery.

Over the years, he painted commissioned portraits of entertainment stars such as Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and John Wayne. His artwork is in private collections around the world. Stockhaus, who wrote about Zivic for the Globe's Senior Sentinel last summer, said his friend has never forgotten his roots, despite his fame as an artist. Zivic returned to Ironwood last summer for a class reunion. He decided to give a painting to the school. The Zivics hope to be in Ironwood again in July for the artist's 60th class reunion.

Ironwood Daily Globe
April 10, 2008
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