1872 Fashion Doll Created By Pete Ballard Dedicated At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 03 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 took center stage at Concord University on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The doll, which Ballard is donating to Concord, was dedicated in an 11 a.m. ceremony in the Presidents Room of the Marsh Library.

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.

“Laura Ann was the first person I met when I came here,” he said.

Ballard, a resident of Peterstown, W.Va., graduated from Concord in 1953 and has achieved acclaim as an artist and an educator.

Describing Sarvay as a “dear friend and teacher” Ballard said, “It was she who taught me to make papier-mâché. The dolls are all papier-mâché.”

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.

“We will treasure Laurie Ann and remember this day and the stories you shared with us,” Concord University President Kendra Boggess said in her remarks during the ceremony.

She said that as a “center” of education, the arts, creating, politics and the community, Pete Ballard “epitomizes” Concord’s motto of “Come to Learn. Go to Serve.”

Ballard 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.

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.

Concord University Vice President for Advancement Alicia Besenyei referred to Ballard as one of the University’s “distinguished alums.” She said that dedicating the doll in recognition of Concord’s founding was especially significant.

“Concord University is 144 years strong,” she said, noting that the University has established a tradition of “quality education and service.”


Pete Ballard and President Kendra Boggess with Laurie Ann


Pete Ballard and Laurie Ann

Concord University Photos

 by Lance McDaniel




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