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Vanderbilt Collection - Kirkland Hall

Subject/Title:
George Alexnder Heard
1917 -
Artist:Aaron Shikler
Date Created:1976
Owner/Location:Vanderbilt University
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:49" x 35 1/2"
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Condition:Excellent

Description:Three quarter portrait of Chancellor Heard dressed in academic regalia wearing the Vanderbilt chain of office. With his right on his hip, his left hand rests on the back of a chair.
History of Work:Commissioned by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, this portrait was unveiled at the fall Board meeting in 1976. It hangs in Kirkland Hall.
Notes:Alexander Heard became Vanderbilt's fifth chancellor in 1963 and served in that position until 1982. While there was much campus unrest at many colleges across the county during the years of Heardís tenure, due to his wisdom in holding regular meetings with student leaders and even campus radicals, Vanderbilt experienced only peaceful demonstrations. Heard also boldly upheld the policy of an open forum in the University. In honor of Chancellor and Mrs. Heardís many contributions to Vanderbilt, the Central Library building was named the Jean and Alexander Heard Library in 1983.

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