Kelsie T. Harder

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Truckee Meadows Community College
Location: Reno, Nevada, United States

Keslie Harder, Professor Emeritus at Truckee Meadows Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art and philosophy education.

With a natural talent and propensity for art, Mr. Harder saw the value having an education could have on an individual. In his own teaching career, he strived to teach how he wished he was taught. This mentality has provided him with many career accomplishments that he is proud of. While retired and honored with a professor emeritus title, he still continues his love of art. He became a self-employed artist in 1957, and began teaching at Truckee Meadows Community College in 1978, bringing a wealth of industry and technical experience to his role. He retired in 2016. During his time at the institution, he chaired the art department from 1982 to 1991.

Mr. Harder’s keen eye for art has also been useful when judging art competitions. Throughout his career, he has judged at more than 40 exhibitions. In his own career as an artist, he has displayed his art at more than 33 solo exhibitions and has been represented in more than 150 collections. Mr. Harder has also contributed to articles, professional journals, magazines and other published works. In addition, he became a Certified Illustrator, Technician and Inventory Management Specialist during his time with the US Air Force.

Mr. Harder earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Nevada in 1975 and also went on with postgraduate studies. In his career, he has been recognized with a number of awards, including the YWCA Silver Certificate for Outstanding Community Service from North Nevada in 1988, the YWCA Silver Certificate for Outstanding Community Service from North Nevada in 1972 and the First Place Awards for Drawing and Painting from the Nevada Centennial Eight Western State Drawing and Painting Competition, Nevada Museum of Art in 1964.

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