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Joan Wich, Houston iconoclast, mourned

Joan Wich, Houston iconoclast, mourned

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Friends will gather at the Bradshaw-Carter funeral home tonight to celebrate the life of noted Houston patron of the arts Joan Wich.

Wich, owner of  Joan Wich & Co. art gallery, passed away Saturday after a brief illness. Born in Houston in 1934, she was a member of the second graduating class at the St. John's School in 1951 and student body president at Mount Vernon College for Women (now George Washington University) before graduating from the University of Texas. Wich worked in the office of then-senator Lyndon Baines Johnson after graduation and married Roger Wich in 1962, eventually settling in Houston.

She became well-known in the Houston art community after opening her gallery in 1998. It continues to serve as a platform for established and emerging local artists. Wich was also a prolific supporter of arts groups including Project Row Houses, the Orange Show and Catastrophic Theatre, as well as women's causes like Emily's List, Annie's List, and Planned Parenthood.