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Remembering Lane Martin
Remembering Lane Martin

On July 31st, School of Art + Design student, Lane Martin, lost his life at the hands of the police. After receiving his Associate’s degree in Graphic Design from PCC, Lane began studying Art Practice at PSU in Fall 2018. Over the past year, he was also a work-study for CORE and worked in Facilities, where he spent a lot of time maintaining the Art Building. 


Lane particularly loved painting and helping others. Tabitha Nikolai, who had Lane in her Making & Meaning class, remembers him as “... a tremendously engaged student and luminous presence in our class. He was very eager to learn and grow and be open in spite of some very challenging life circumstances. Doing art meant a LOT to him. More than most students I would say, and he approached it with so much energy and thoughtfulness. He was genuinely inspiring to be around.” 


“We will miss him dearly in CORE,” said his former work-study supervisor, M. Michelle Illuminato, “and personally I will miss his can-do hard-working attitude and his quick smile.”


In his obituary, Lane is remembered as a talented and passionate individual, who did anything he set his mind to, including running a marathon. He loved spending time hiking in the woods and creating things. Gail Hamilton, Lane’s supervisor in Facilities, even donated materials to his projects.


In his lifetime, Lane struggled with addiction and his mental health like many students. PSU students who need support or to talk to someone can reach out to the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). 


If you’d like to reach out to the family to offer condolences, please contact Sam Peters ( in the Art Office. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Transition Projects Portland (, a nonprofit that assists houseless people in Portland. 


The School of Art + Design will remember Lane as he was— a creative, kind, generous, talented person. His death is a devastating loss to our community and a reminder that we must always endeavor to take care of each other. 


A memorial is being planned in remembrance of Lane and will happen in the first two weeks of classes in Fall term. More information will be communicated via the School of Art + Design once available.