Richard William Kinnaird

March 22, 2013 

Richard Kinnaird of Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed away Monday, March 18. There will be a memorial service at Triangle Presbyterian Church, 5001 Tudor Place, Durham, NC at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 23.

Mr Kinnaird was born November 19, 1931 in Buenos Ares, Argentina, to the late William Richard and Gladys Shaw Kinnaird. He graduated from Riverside High School, Riverside Illinois in 1949. He graduated from Carlton College, Northfield Minnesota in 1953. He served for two years in the Air Force, during which time he studied under noted ceramicist Harding Black. He then attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, where he majored in painting, receiving a MFA in 1957.

Mr. Kinnaird joined the faculty of the Art Department at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 1960. He then joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1964, where he taught and influenced many students during a 40 year career, retiring in 2004. During his career at UNC, he was beloved and sought after by many aspiring artists, and mentored many graduate students.

During his career, Mr. Kinnaird received many awards. He received his first award for painting at the San Antonio Art Museum. During his career he won such awards as first place in the 10th annual Artists Exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 1977. He exhibited throughout the United States, and his paintings are in such museums as the Ackland Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Seattle, as well as many places locally in North Carolina.

Mr. Kinnaird is survived by his wife Barbara Martin of Chapel Hill, NC, his sister Mary Lou Kinnaird Peterson of Danville, California, three children and three grandchildren. His oldest son is Robinson Shaw Kinnaird, living in Portland Oregon with his wife Ute Kongsbak and children Naomi and Liam. His middle son is Michael Gates Kinnaird, living in Durham, NC with his wife Maria and daughter Sarah. His youngest son is Paul Nathan Kinnaird, living in Carrboro with his wife Susan Romano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his honor be given to Barium Springs home for children, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010. Checks should be made out to Barium Springs.

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