Miss Ruth E. Seifert - 2001 A Award Recipient
Bio from 2001
Miss Ruth E. Seifert worked and studied in a photography studio after graduating high school in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. After 3 1/2 years of leanring all phases of photography, Miss Seifert made her way to Asbury College. She graduated with a B.A. in Art Education in 1951. She went on to receive her M.A. in Art Education from Indiana State University in 1958.
Miss Seifert taught Art in public schools for five years, first at an elementary school in Norris City, Illinois, then at Mt. Vernon Jr. High School. However, in 1963, Miss Seifert returned on her alma mater as an associate professor in the Art Department. She retired from teaching at Asbury College 38 years later.
She taught a variety of Art and Crafts subjects: photography, ceramics, metal enameling, silver casting, staine dglass, water colors, and oils. Miss Seifert's greatest satisfaction was "the reaction of my students. They became more aware of their environment, more sensitive to nature...They were so thrilled to see what they could do."
Miss Seifert was a member of the Kentucky Art Education Association, The National Art Education Association, and Christians in Visual Arts. She exibited work in across the Bluegrass as well as in Evansville, Indiana and on the campust of Indiana State University.
She has always been active in her church and community. Miss Seifert has served in the Jessamine County Literacy Board, volunteered at the Kentucky Veterans Center, and has been actively involved in various aspects of the Wilmore United Methodist Church.
Miss Seifert was the first to recieve the A Award post-humously. Miss Seifert had been nominated and informed of being awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award; she expressed the desire to attend Reunion to see classmates and friends. She passed away April 11th, 2001, just a few days before Easter. Her closest friends describe her as a gentle, thoroughly talented, thoroughly Christian, devoted teacher. She has given most of her life to Asbury College.