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, …

Sam Contis ’08MFA Featured in Financial Times

The Financial Times wrote an article last week highlighting the work of Sam Contis ’08MFA. Contis’ latest work focuses on Deep Springs College, an all-male school in California. For Contis, the school exemplifies much of the Western United States. In her interview she said, “The American West always felt like such a distant place to me — even a fantasy of …

Franny Taft ’48 Passes Away

We are saddened to share the news that Franny Taft ’48 has passed away. Franny taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art for 62 years and received numerous awards for her work. Grafton Nunes, the President of the Cleveland Institute of Art wrote in a statement that Taft was “key to the creation of the college’s Liberal Arts department. She …

Barbara Chase-Riboud ’60MFA at the Frieze

Focusing on her works from the 1960s and 1970s, Barbara Chase-Ribound ’60 MFA will be spotlighted by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery at the Frieze. The event will be hosted on May 4th from 2:00pm to 6pm. The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery’s press release for the event describes the development of Chase-Ribound’s work, “For over forty years, Barbara Chase-Riboud has created profound sculpture …

Candida Alvarez ’97MFA Opens First Solo Exhibition

From April 29th to August 6th, 2017, the Chicago Cultural Center will be featuring the first solo exhibition of Candida Alvarez ’97MFA. The City of Chicago’s website writes that “based in Chicago since 1998, Alvarez has been involved with both abstraction and representation in her work for more than 30 years. Emerging from a home life that immersed her in …

Endia Beal ’13MFA to Deliver Barton Commencement Speech

On May 13, Endia Beal ’13MFA will be the featured speaker at Barton College’s commencement exercises.  Barton President Douglas N. Searcy said, “We are delighted to welcome Endia Beal as this year’s commencement speaker. Her extensive, significant work has influenced new attitudes and approaches in the art world and beyond. The authenticity of her engagement with audiences, through her creative photography …

Tschabalala Self ’15MFA Wins Red Bull House of Art Fellowship

Started in 2012, the Red Bull House of Art Fellowship has traditionally honored Detroit-area artists. This year, however, the fellowship was granted to a diverse groups of three tremendously talented artists from across the nation, including Tschabalala Self ’15MFA. The Detroit News writes, “The black women in Tschabalala Self’s painted and stitched collages look out at the world with cool, sometimes …

Dana Loberg ’03 Launches Platform for Emoji Artists

Dana Loberg ’03 has co-founded MojiLaLa with Sahin Boydas. MojiLaLa is designed to be a platform for artists to share emojis, similar to Netflix’s model for television shows. Started in 2016, the platform already has over 20,000 emojis and 2,000 contributing emoji artists. For a monthly subscription of $1.99, consumers can access this trove of emojis for access on their …