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Jayne Nora Pagnucco

February 21, 1956 January 30, 2020
Jayne Nora Pagnucco
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Obituary for Jayne Nora Pagnucco

Jayne Nora Pagnucco passed away on January 30, 2020, at the age of sixty-three. She was living in Detroit, Michigan, at the time.

She was, first and foremost, a loving and devoted mother.

Jayne was born on January 21, 1956, in Detroit, to Bruno Pagnucco and Gloria Pagnucco LaBo, who passed in 1966 and 2008 respectively. She grew up in Farmington Hills, and attended Farmington Harrison High School, from 1970 to 1974, where she was a member of the swim team.

She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, in 1979, specializing in printmaking and drawing; studied sculpture at Columbia University and architectural design and theory at Cooper Union, from 1981 to 1984; and earned her Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute, in 1988, specializing in “New Genres.” Her decades-long career as an accomplished photographer, sculptor, and conceptual artist, based primarily in New York City, included positions as Photo Researcher and Special Projects Photo Editor for the Associated Press and Staff Photographer for the New York City Department of Transportation, teaching fine arts in the New York City Department of Education, Parson School of Design, and Buffalo University, the support of a variety of nationally-recognized foundations and grants, and exhibitions in a variety of nationally-recognized museums. Her work with the New York City artists collective REPOhistory, which she was an active member of for many years, was among her most cherished. The collective’s 1992 “Lower Manhattan Sign Project,” and Jayne’s contribution in particular, “What Is All-inclusive History,” was included in the “(Counter) Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993” exhibit at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s gallery on New York City’s Governors Island, in 2012. (http://hyperallergic.com/234110). Jayne’s work with REPOhistory, as part of the collective’s work generally, resides now in the permanent collection of New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections

In recent years, she returned to her life-time passion for animal welfare, as a clinical intern with the Buffalo Zoo, the Wildlife Department of the ASPCA, and the Sheridan Animal Hospital, from 2003-2010, during which time she was also a Scientific/Clinical Researcher and Writer for the latter. After earning her Bachelors of Science, in 2007, from Daemon University, in Biological Natural Sciences in particular, specializing in pre-veterinary medicine and conservation science, she graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, in 2012, and enjoyed several clinical externships in the Detroit area in the years that followed.

She is survived by her beloved son, Sean Pagnucco, his father, Trip McCrossin, her brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Patricia Pagnucco, many cousins and their families, her dog Quinn, and cat Finn.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads), Saturday, February 22nd, 1-3pm with a Service beginning at 2pm.

Memorials appreciated to Friends of Detroit Animal Care & Control, 7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, Michigan 48211 or the Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025.

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