Saradell Ard Art Endowed Scholarship
Saradell Ard was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1920. Ard was trained in art, speech and art education at Asbury College in Kentucky. She received her B.A. in 1942 and went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1943. Later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Columbia University in 1970, as well as a doctorate, also from Columbia. She also studied silversmithing in New York at the Craft Students League, painting at the Art Students League and also studied at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1952-53, she traveled to Whittier, Alaska, as an U.S. Army education supervisor, and returned there in 1962, after serving as chief of the Army’s arts and crafts program in Europe. She taught art and art history at Alaska Methodist University from 1962 to 1973, and helped develop the art department at the University of Alaska Anchorage from its inception until her retirement in 1985. In her second year at UAA, she was appointed chair of the humanities division. Over the next few years she added speech, drama, music and journalism classes to the school’s offerings. She served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1976 to 1977.
A scholarship in art is offered in her name at the University of Alaska Anchorage for two full time University of Alaska Anchorage students who are formally admitted into an art degree program.
Ard served as a member of the Anchorage Museum Commission and on the board of directors of the Anchorage Museum Association for over two decades. She wrote on contemporary and historical Alaska Native art, including “Alaskan Eskimo Art Today.”
Ard was a leader of the Anchorage arts scene for more than 30 years, both as a painter and educator. Her early works evolved from non-representational color-field paintings and abstract expressionist work in the 1960s to a more hard-edged style in the 1970s.
The name of Saradell Ard is almost synonymous with the early years of the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she is regarded as one of the country’s strong arts advocates. Her work was included in a 2004 exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, “Educating Imaginations: 50 Years of UAA/ACC Faculty Art,” spanning 50 years of artist creation by art faculty, as the University of Anchorage celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Ard had six children with her husband, John R. Van de Water.