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RICHARD E. BEARD


1928 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Richard E. Beard died Jan. 30, 2012.
Born in Kenosha, Wis., on June 13, 1928, he was married to Dorathea K. Beard.
He earned a B.S. in applied art in 1950 and an M.A. in art history in 1951, both from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in fine arts in 1963 from The Ohio State University. He was a professor of painting and drawing at Maryville College for 10 years and at Northern Illinois University for 30 years, retiring in 1996. He was professor emeritus of painting, department head and assistant professor of art at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., from 1952-62; assistant instructor in drawing and painting and studio humanities at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, from 1961-63; visiting professor of painting and drawing at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., 1963-64; part-time instructor of drawing and painting at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., 1963-64; associate professor of art at Wisconsin State University in Stevens Point, Wis., 1964-66; and area chairman of painting, drawing and prints at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, 1966-96.
He was a member of the College Art Association.
Career accomplishments include receiving a Rockefeller Foundation grant at Bellagio, Italy, in 1983. Numerous exhibitions and awards include honorable mention, 1988, Norris Vicinity Juried Exhibition, St. Charles; best in show award, 1989, 39th Annual Ilomian Midwest Juried Art Show, Quincy; $500 award, 1989, Norris Vicinity Juried Art Show; purchase award, 1993, Larson Biennial Drawing Competition, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.; best in show, 1993, 36th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Juried Exhibition, Beloit College, Beloit, Wis.; award of excellence, 1997, Fine Arts Juried Competition, Ridge Art Center, Winter Haven, Fla.; 1997, Sixth Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Sanibel, Fla.; 1997, First Annual National Juried All-Media Exhibition, Ridge Art Center, Winter Haven; Four Person Show-March, Landscapes-August, Hodgell Art Gallery, Sarasota, Fla.; 1997 One-Man Show, Expressions Graphics Gallery, Oak Park; 1998 Fine Arts Juried Show, Ridge Art Center, Winter Haven; second prize, 1998 Northern Trust Juried Show, Longboat Key Art Center; 1998 Hodgell Gallery, March-April, part of the "Vegetable Deans" series; 1999 One-Man Show, Union League Club of Chicago.
He also was president of the union representing the University Professors of Illinois, American Federation of Teachers, during the 1980s. The last DeKalb art exhibition was a one-man show at the Elwood House in DeKalb. His last art exhibition was a one-man show at the Blatz Gallery in Milwaukee Wis., in 2005.
Before retiring, to keep his sanity intact, coping with multiple university committees and new faculty, he painted the Academic Satire Series; the last series was titled "Academic Animals."
After retiring, he traveled extensively abroad, and his painting was inspired by his experiences.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dorathea Karow Beard; children, Andrew (Jeanne) Beard of Sycamore, Edward Beard of Mesa, Ariz. and Caroline Beard Pritzlaff of Milwaukee, Wis.; grandchildren, Joseph (Kelley) Beard, Charles (Erica) Beard and John Henry Pritzlaff; and two great-granddaughters, Winter and Isabelle Beard.
Funeral Mass was celebrated previously on Friday, Feb. 3, in Sarasota, FL 34231.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St Paul's Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northern Illinois University development office for the Dorathea and Richard Beard Scholarship for Art.
Published in Daily Chronicle, The MidWeek and the Valley Free Press from Apr. 21 to Apr. 25, 2012
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