St. John's Armenian Church,
22001 Northwestern Highway,
Southfield, MI 48075
...on Wed. April 3 from 5:00
PM until 8:00 PM and Funeral at above church on Thursday morning,
April 4 at 10:30 AM. Friends and family are invited to the
Kachadoorian residence after the service until 7 PM.
Address: 514 W Maplehurst Ave, Ferndale Mi.
Zubel Kachadoorian, artist and
educator, died at home on March 29, 2002 after a long illness.
Internationally acclaimed, Mr. Kachadoorian taught privately and at
Wayne State University, Colorado Fine Arts Center, Chicago Art
Institute School, Oxbow School of Painting in Saugatuck, Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture and Norton Gallery School in West
Palm Beach, Florida. He also served as art director of the Detroit
After graduation from Fordson High School, Mr. Kachadoorian attended
several fine American Art schools and studied under the
apprenticeship of artists Francis De Erdely and Carlos Lopez. In
addition, Zubel was awarded the Pepsi- Cola Midwest Fellowship,
Prix-de Rome Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, Italy, Richard
and Linda Rosenthal Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters,
Creative Artists Grant in Sculpture and Painting - Michigan Council
for the Arts. Subsequently, Zubel spent many years in Europe
studying and working abroad in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and
In 1966, Mr. Kachadoorian was commissioned to create the altar
painting at St. John's Armenian Church, and thirty years later
completed his vision with the two side altar panels of The
Annunciation and St. John the Baptist.
Zubel was a painter of light and life; a line had no boundaries and
color was so fine as to rival nature. He was as proud of his
accomplishments as an educator as he was as an artist, helping
students to realize their own vision. For Zubel, life was his art
and how he chose to express his love.
His artwork is in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts,
Smithsonian Institution, Wooster Massachusetts Art Museum, Tate
Gallery in London, Ball State University, Blue-Cross/ Blue Shield of
Michigan, University of Michigan among many others.
His wife of 30 years, Deena Morguloff Kachadoorian and his daughters
and sons-in-law Nika and Thomas Hoffman of Los Angeles and Karina
and Kenneth Gore of New York City and grandchildren Aurora Hoffman
and Hunter Gore survive Mr. Kachadoorian.
Family visitation will be on Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 to 9:00
PM at St. John's Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Highway,
Southfield, MI. A brief prayer service will be held at 8:00 PM.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 4th at 10:30 AM at St.
John's Armenian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Hospice of Southeastern Michigan and to the Armenian organizations
CASP and AGBU Soup Kitchens.
Zubel & Sergio
Don, Zubel, Audrey, Sergio
Zubel at Sergio's Studio
Sharon & Zubel
John Piet & Zubel
Deena & Zubel
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them with us.