"Anna Valentina Murch, professor of studio art at Mills since 1991, died in San Francisco at the age of 65.
“Murch was born in Scotland and grew up in London, where she earned degrees from the University of Leicester, the Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association. Murch had an interest in art installations, scultptures, and ecological design. She often collaborated with her husband Douglas Hollis, who is an environmental artist. Together the two completed numerous commissions which were displayed in places such as the San Jose Civic Center Plaza, the US Federal Courthouse in Fresno and La Fiesta Plaza in Brea, Cali.
Murch came to the Bay Area in the 1970s and taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley before she began teaching at Mills in 1991. During her tenure at Mills, Murch was awarded the Faculty Development Grant numerous times and served as the Joan Danforth Chair of Studio Art from 2005 to 2007. Her work has been showcased in numerous installations, collections and exhibitions; she also has a long list of awards, including the SECA Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architecture.”"