1872 Fashion Doll Created By Pete Ballard To Be Dedicated At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 26 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu






ATHENS, W.Va. – The latest in an illustrious line of fashion dolls created by renowned artist Arthur J. “Pete” Ballard will be unveiled at Concord University on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The dedication ceremony for the doll will take place in the Marsh Library on Concord’s Athens campus and will begin at 11 a.m.

In recognition of Concord’s Founder’s Day – Feb. 28, 1872 – Ballard has designed Laurie Ann, who is dressed in period costume similar to that worn by ladies of that era. Ballard named Laurie Ann after the late Laura Ann Sarvay, a former chair of Concord’s Art Department who was one of his mentors.

Ballard, a resident of Peterstown, W.Va., graduated from Concord in 1953 and has achieved acclaim as an artist and an educator. He taught for many years at the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. His career as an educator also led him to Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and China.

A nationally known costume designer, museum costume historian and conservator, Ballard earned the Award of Merit from the North Carolina Historic Preservation Society and a Golden Globe Award from the national Retail Merchants Association. He has achieved special recognition for his exquisitely designed and crafted fashion dolls. These delightful creations are part of numerous museum collections, all donated by Ballard.

He is among the Outstanding Educators in America and has received the Order of the Arts and Historical Letters from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Ballard is a recipient of the Distinguished West Virginian award and the State’s Order of the 35th Star. He has been named a Golden Alumnus by the Concord University Alumni Association and in December 2015, Concord awarded Ballard an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa.

The general public is invited to attend the doll dedication ceremony. For additional information contact Connie Shumate, director of the Marsh Library, at cshumate@concord.edu or 304-384-5366.


Pete Ballard and Laurie Ann



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