WESTPORT — The art and life of Howard Munce, the “dean” of Westport artists who died in March at 100 years old, will be showcased at a May 14 program at the Westport Arts Center.

The event, free and open to the public, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the arts center, 51 Riverside Ave.

The event will pay tribute to Munce’s legacy as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer.

“Howard Munce was an incredibly generous and talented man, whose guiding influence helped shape the Westport Arts Center as well as the larger arts community of Westport,” Amanda Innes, the arts center’s acting executive director, said in publicity for the event. “We are honored to host this celebration of his life and accomplishments.”

Munce began his creative career in Westport in the late 1930s, and later attended Pratt Institute, graduating in 1938. During that time, he began experimenting with illustration, painting and sculpture.

According to his obituary, Munce’s time as a Marine in the Pacific Theater of World War II inspired an anti-war poem and cartoon that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1946.

After the war, Munce worked as a creative director for New York advertising agencies like Young & Rubicam, J. Walter Thompson and Foote, Cone & Belding. But afterward, he focused on his own work as an illustrator, writer and teacher.

In Westport, Munce also regularly attended sketch classes, curated art shows and exhibited his work into his 90s.

For more information, call 203-222-7070 or visit www.westportartscenter.org .