The Heroines

Evelyn L. Beard

is honored with a Brick from Sally A. Woodburn.

Pursuing further education as a non-traditional student, I began to realize the influence that Evelyn Beard, my cousin, had been on my enthusiasm, persistence, and love of learning. She earned her BA from the Texas State College for Women, lived with and cared for her mother after her father’s early death, and continued to increase her knowledge and credentials through additional formal education. The times I visited her in Texas, I was so impressed with her accomplishments and creativity, and have remained in awe of her expertise in all areas of art.

I remember her summer journeys to study at New York University and obtain her MA. Her mastery was enhanced by further studies in the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Liberty, Maine, the California College of Arts and Crafts, the University of California at Berkley, the Cleveland School of Art, and extensive world travels.

Initially a primary instructor, she later taught art for 15 years in Wichita Falls and Dallas, Texas, and continued her career as Art Consultant for the Dallas Independent School District for 21 years. She has numerous art exhibitions to her credit and has co-authored several textbooks used throughout Texas schools. Several scholarships have been established in her honor.

Now retired, she remains an inspiration, actively pursuing her interest with energy and enthusiasm. Her professional affiliation, her positions as an educator, her reputation as an artist, mentor and friend have endeared her to countless individuals through the years. And always, to me.

September 18, 1998