Menard receives second national teaching award

Menard receives second national teaching award University of South Dakota professor Lloyd Menard is making history this year by receiving two of his profession's most prestigious national awards. Menard has been a professor of art in the USD College of Fine Arts for 33 years and teaches printmaking, papermaking and drawing. �

Menard's second award of the year was presented by his colleagues in printmaking at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference: Power in Print, held in Washington D.C., March 30-April 3. Southern Graphics is a national organization for promoting printmaking education, professional printmakers and print studio-shops in the U.S. and abroad. They awarded Menard the Excellence in Teaching Printmaking Award.

The annual recognition goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to teaching printmaking and has demonstrated excellence in his or her own creative work. He is the first individual in the history of the organizations to win both awards.

Earlier this year Menard was awarded the College Arts Teacher of the Year Award for Teaching Excellence by the College Art Association at their annual conference in Atlanta, GA, in February. This honor is given annually to one of their 19,000 members from across the nation.

Menard was honored to receive the prestigious award from the College Arts Association, but was especially proud of the recognition from Southern Graphics Council, as it represents his specific area of expertise and chosen by his peers. "It is such a great honor to be awarded by the nation's top professors in all areas of art, but to be awarded by my peers in the area of printmaking is very exciting," said Menard.

Over 40 of Menard's students from USD currently hold university level teaching positions across the globe.

Menard is retiring from USD this spring, but his legacy will live on. USD will continue to host the Frogman's Summer Printmaking Workshops, started by Menard in 1978 and now hosts over 120 printmakers in the department of art for two weeks each summer. Menard will also continue to run Frogman's Press and Gallery in Beresford, which exhibits artists from around the country

USD President James W. Abbott will recognize Menard for his extraordinary achievements during this spring's commencement ceremony.

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