Yale Alumni Launch New Haven Arts Incubator

Titus Kaphar ’06MFA and Jonathan Brand ’07MFA are part of a team of innovative leaders working to expand New Haven’s arts community. The $5.8 million project called Elm City Postmasters would renovate a historic industrial building at 169 Henry Street and transform it into an arts studio for 10 fellows. The project would engage local high school students and is …

The Center for Collaborative Arts and Media Reopening

This fall, Yale’s DMCA will reopen as The Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. The center’s press release claims that “the renaming marks an important distinction and a better reflection of our core mission, to serve as an interdisciplinary arts research center for all Yale students, graduate and undergraduate alike.” Located at 149 York Street, the Center will formally announce …

Njideka Akunyili Crosby ’11MFA Featured in W Magazine

Last month, W Magazine highlighted the work and success of Njideka Akunyili Crosby ’11MFA. At 34, Akunyili Crosby has already exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and won numerous awards, including the Prix Canson. Many of her works explore Akunyili Crosby’s experiences of growing up in Nigeria and coming to the United States. She explains, “I wanted to put out …

Hirshhorn Museum Honors Tala Madani ’06MFA

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will honor 31 female artists, including Tala Madani ’06MFA, at its annual gala on November 6th. Madani is an Iranian expatriate and was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. According to the Hirshhorn, these artists “collective contributions to the field have transformed the way we look at art and set the stage for generations …

Allan Espiritu ’02MFA named Educator to Watch

Rutgers University-Camden fine arts professor Allan Espiritu ’02MFA was recently included in Graphic Design USA‘s “Educators to Watch” list. According to Rutgers’ press release, “More than simply imparting knowledge and skills, Espiritu hopes to serve as a role model for young artists and designers. It is paramount, he explains, that these budding artists understand that art and design is a …

Steve Giovinco ’89MFA to Photograph Effects of Climate Change in France

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication has announced it will fund Steve Giovinco ’89MFA to photographically document climate change’s ecological damage in the nation’s southern region. This effort will be part of Giovinco’s ongoing “Until the End of the World” project which has featured glacier melts in Greenland and Hurricane Sandy’s damage in Rockaway, Queens. Giovinco will work near …

Professor Sheila de Bretteville ’64MFA Leads New Haven Public Art Project

Since 2012, Professor Sheila de Bretteville ’64MFA has been developing a project called “Lighting Your Way” to improve the Route 34 underpass close to Union Station. The area is frequently used by pedestrians making the journey from the train station to downtown New Haven and other parts of the city. The effort would add motion sensor spotlights under the bridge, …

Anne Thompson ’02MFA Named Director and Curator of Usdan Gallery

The Usdan Gallery at Bennington College has brought on Anne Thompson ’02MFA as its new director and curator. The gallery describes Thompson’s role as “responsible for programming and mounting exhibitions, teaching and creating opportunities to integrate curatorial work across the curriculum, and developing partnerships with arts organizations locally, regionally, and globally.” Prior to her time at Yale, Thompson attended Vassar and …

Recent Yale MFA Graduates Featured in Exhibition

The 1969 Gallery is featuring Close Quarters: 8 Representational Painters, an exhibition of recent Yale MFA graduates. Keiran Brennan Hinton ’16MFA curated the exhibition. Brennan Hinton describes the collection as “works I admired and remembered after studio visits, especially pieces that came out from hiding because of an intuitive trust among artists.” The gallery introduces the exhibition, “Sharing everyday life, meals …

Thread Benefit Exhibition Opens

The Zwirner gallery is featuring a benefit exhibition to support Thread, a non-profit artist collaboratory in Senegal. Lucus Zwirner ’13 is helping sponsor the exhibition which includes 28 works to provide funds for an endowment, ensuring Thread can operate for years to come. David Leiber ’86 serves as a partner with the gallery. The gallery’s press release describes Thread‘s origins, …