many medals of distinction. He also made many bronze reliefs recognizing
to his dedication to his work, Avard devoted time to his family which
consisted of eight sons and two daughters. He taught them modeling
and casting. They often helped him in his studio. Avard also did many
demonstration lectures for high schools, professional clubs, medical
societies, art guilds, church groups and college faculty meetings.
was the recipient of many awards, including a medal of the Knights
of Thermopylae by King Pual of Greece, an honorary degree of doctor
of fine arts from Lincoln College, the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from
Lincoln Memorial University, the Lincoln Medal of the Sesquicentennial
Commission of the Congress of the United States, and the Herbert Adams
Memorial Medal for distinguished service to American sculpture. His
memberships included the Architectrual League of New York, the International
Institute of Arts and Letters, the Society of Oregon Artists, the
Circolo Delgi Artisti di Firenzi, the Della Contrada Della Torre da
Siena, Italy, and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
was adapted from sections in "A Sculptor's Testimony in Bronze and
Stone" by Eugene F. Fairbanks.