In memory of
Hardy, Tom 94 Nov. 30, 1921 May 07, 2016 On May 7th, Oregon lost an artistic treasure. Thomas Austin Hardy died. An only child born in Redmond, Tom devoted his life to portraying Oregons natural bounty. Toms childhood fascination with nature led him to memorize the Latin names of all he saw in the field and wilderness by age 12. At age 16, Toms exhibit at the Portland Art Museum forecast an art career. After earning a Univ. of Oregon BS in General Art in 1942, 2nd Lt. Hardy reported for duty in the U.S. Air Force in Honolulu. Home in 1946 and back to artistic endeavors, watercolors and ceramics were exhibited at the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Ceramic Studio. A 1952 MFA from U of O in Direct Metal Sculpture and Lithography led to teaching positions at U of O, UC Berkeley, Reed College, Univ. of Wyoming and the San Francisco Art Institute. Toms worldwide travels to Africa, Europe and Tahiti introduced an international flavor to his work. Upon return, metal sculptures, water colors, prints, paintings and watercolors unfolded. Toms work hangs in major museum collections throughout America. Representative museums include The Whitney Museum and The Metropolitan Museum in New York. His work is also found in major West Coast museums, private offices, public buildings and private collections. A crowning achievement to Toms career was Sen. Mark Hatfields commission to design and produce the bronze eagle seal on Pres. Franklin Roosevelts monument in Washington, D.C. In 1997, Pres. Bill Clinton welcomed Tom to a celebration of Roosevelts life at the unveiling of the monument. Warm and friendly to all he met, his works will keep his memory fresh and alive. At Toms request, there will be no memorial service. Remembrances may be made to Pacific NW College of Art, www.pnca.edu or the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, firstname.lastname@example.org. Gather from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, for a toast honoring Tom at his favorite lobby bar in the Benson Hotel, 309 S.W. Broadway, Portland.
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