Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Avard T. Fairbanks Collection, 1911-1981

Biographical Note:

Avard T. Fairbanks was a sculptor and faculty member at the University of Michigan and University of Utah. He sculpted the Service Memorial that honors World War I veterans in the Oregon State University Memorial Union. Avard's brother was J. Leo Fairbanks, Professor of Art and Architecture at Oregon State College from 1923 to 1946.

Avard Fairbanks was born in Provo, Utah, in 1897 and studied sculpture in New York and France before turning 17. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1925; he became a faculty member at the University of Michigan's Institute of Fine Arts in 1929 and completed his Master of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. in Anatomy while at Michigan. Fairbanks was appointed Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah in 1947, a position he held until his retirement in 1955. In addition to small and large bronzes, marble carvings, medals, and relief panels, Fairbanks designed hood ornaments for Plymouth and Chrysler, including the Dodge ram.

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