School of art

School Notes: School of Art
July/August 2020

Marta Kuzma |

Faculty and alumni named Guggenheim Fellows

Faculty members Danna Singer and A. L. Steiner were among the 2020 Guggenheim Fellows named in April by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Three alumni were also named 2020 Fellows: artists Leslie Hewitt ’04MFA, Gordon Ennis Moore ’72MFA, and Katy Schimert ’89MFA. Fellowships were awarded to 175 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists meticulously selected from nearly 3,000 applicants across the United States and Canada in the foundation’s 96th competition.

Photographer and educator Danna Singer ’17MFA was appointed a lecturer in photography in the fall of 2019; her work depicts the struggles of working-class Americans, largely focusing on the social ramifications of economic inequality. Following her time as a Yale Presidential Visiting Fellow in Photography for 2018, A. L. Steiner was appointed senior critic in film/video in January 2019. Steiner’s approach within the genre of film, video, and lens-based media emphasizes an artist practice that reflects that of a critical cultural producer exploring the traditions of collage and montage.

In remembrance of a former dean

Distinguished alumnus, former dean and faculty member, and Kingman Brewster Professor Emeritus of Art William Bailey ’57MFA passed away in April at his home in Branford, Connecticut, due to complications from an existing illness. Regarded in his art practice for his meditative approach to realism, Bailey was an esteemed member of the faculty and community, and he played a pivotal role in informing and developing its pedagogy for nearly three decades.

Having earned both his BFA in 1955 and his MFA in 1957, William “Bill” Bailey joined the faculty as a professor of art in 1969 before serving as dean from 1974 to 1975. After his time as dean, Bailey continued to serve as a prominent member of the painting faculty until retiring in 1995. The School of Art extends sincere condolences to Professor Bailey’s family and loved ones at this sad time.

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