School of art

School Notes: School of Art
September/October 2021

Kymberly Pinder |

Former dean granted emeritus status

On June 30, Robert Storr—artist, critic, curator, professor, and dean of the School of Art from 2006 to 2016—officially retired from Yale and was granted emeritus status by the Yale Corporation. During Storr’s years of contributions to the School of Art and to the greater university, he maintained a vigorous academic and artistic career, continuously creating new work and publishing acclaimed texts while serving as a mentor to hundreds of students during his 15 years at Yale.

As noted by a Yale News feature on the occasion of his retirement, Storr “advocated new modes of thinking and teaching about art,” recruiting talented artists of color to serve as critics and overseeing the appointments of the first women to lead the painting and printmaking department: Rochelle Feinstein and Anoka Faruqee ’94, respectively. Storr told Yale News, “The discourse is wide open at all times and in all directions, which is something teachers, scholars, and artists should never forget.”

Alumni, former faculty named Guggenheim Fellows

School of Art alumni William Cordova ’04MFA, Eve Fowler ’92MFA, and Victoria L. Sambunaris ’99MFA have been named 2021 Guggenheim Fellows, appointed in April by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Also among the 2021 Guggenheim Fellows is Josephine Halvorson, an alumna of the School of Art’s summer program at Norfolk. Halvorson also previously served as a faculty member in the painting/printmaking department as an appointed critic in 2010 and 2012. This year’s fellowships were awarded to 184 writers, scholars, artists, and scientists meticulously selected from nearly 3,000 applicants across the United States and Canada. 

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