Ronald Radwanski ’77 is Artist & Curator for Ronald Radwanski Contemporary Fine Art.
Why would you recommend La Roche to a prospective student?
The college is multicultural and socially-minded. The global presence on campus reminds everyone we live and work toward our careers, with the same characteristics as students for a lifetime.
The intimacy of a small college and personalized guidance gave me the initiative to put value on my career, and it helped me to form friendships with former alumni and those in the administration after graduation through alumni events.
What impact did La Roche have on you as a person?
The course selection was foremost. The College also gave me confidence that I and my work were valuable, and I could make a contribution to the world with my talents.
How did La Roche prepare you for your position?
Upon graduating in 1977, I entered the Executive Training Program at the former Kaufmann's in Pittsburgh, through their Buyer Training Program. My four-year degree advanced me to the manager level at Sak's Fifth Avenue in Bal Harbour, Fla., and then to Dallas, Texas. I became a manufacturer's representative for Correia Art Glass Art Glass in Santa Monica. I then represented the top three percent of Italian glassblowers from Murano, Italy in fine art galleries and museums across the United States.
How did a degree from La Roche help you to advance your career?
Seventeen years ago I decided to embark on a painting career that exists to this day, and I have painted more than 1,500 works globally. During that time I also was the owner and gallery director of the ilume Gallerie in Dallas, Texas. I also coordinated more than 100 benefit events and several La Roche alumni events. I was selected, along with 99 other artists globally, to be featured in this year’s International Contemporary Masters, Volume XI book!
The last eight years afforded me the opportunity to host benefit events with gallery shows in Dallas. Since stepping down in September 2016, I moved to my new home in Mismaloya, Mexico, with my adopted rescue dog Gia. I'm currently developing an online business with fine-art prints of my works that will be available for purchase online this summer.
What volunteer service projects are you involved with now?
Aside from pleasing my parents who worked so hard to educate me, I feel especially grateful to still have communication with many friends, alumni and even the current College president, who is a collector of my paintings and ally in continuing my career and public service, nearly 40 years after graduation.
What are you most proud of when you look back on your La Roche experience?
Have confidence that you can make an individual mark with your career and society. Get involved with a nonprofit organization, and make friends with the volunteers. Many CEOs and board members of nonprofits are currently or actively involved in similar career opportunities or know those who are. Be involved with your former classmates and the College. We continue our learning experience from these friendships.
What advice do you have for our students?
To this day the architecture of the Motherhouse still captivates me. As a design student, architecture was my favorite muse. Every season the campus had a unique personality, and the Motherhouse served as a beacon, whether I was on campus or returning as a guest.
What is your favorite memory of being a La Roche student?
Presidents Sister De La Salle Mahler and Sister Mary Joan Coultas had such dignified presences in our life and the direction of the College. The current president, Sister Candace Introcaso, made such an impact on my present-day life, with the ability to relate to me as an alumnus and donor of the College.
Please describe an experience with a faculty or staff member who made a strong, positive impact on you.