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NIU mourns art professor Richard E. Beard

February 2, 2012
Richard E. Beard

Richard E. Beard

Richard E. Beard, who taught in the NIU School of Art from 1966 until his retirement in 1996, died Monday, Jan. 30, in Sarasota, Fla. He was 83.

Beard, who specialized in painting and drawing, won a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship award in 1983.

Near the end of his NIU career, he created “Academic Animals,” a series of satirical paintings that portrayed university faculty, administrators and students as reptiles, snakes, apes, bats and other animals.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb is planning a memorial service for Beard later this spring.