Gary E. Zaruba
Gary E. Zaruba (April 6, 1940 — October 16, 2014) was an American art educator, painter and potter. He was a professor of art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and the director of the Museum of Nebraska Art.
Zaruba was born on April 6, 1940 in Belgrade, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he earned a bachelor's degree, followed by a master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a doctor of education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Zaruba was a professor of art at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for 39 years, from 1965 to 2004. He was then a painter. He argued that patterns were more important than subject-matters in his paintings. Zaruba afterward worked in ceramics in the in front part of his career. He was appointed as the director of the Museum of Nebraska Art in 1986.
With his wife Mary, Zaruba had two daughters, Janet Anderson and Karen Zaruba. He died on October 16, 2014 in Kearney, Nebraska. His work can be seen at the Museum of Nebraska Art.