School of art

School Notes: School of Art
July/August 2007

Marta Kuzma | http://art.yale.edu

Emeritus professor honored by National Academy

The National Academy, an honorary association of American artists with a museum and school of fine arts in New York City, has awarded the 2007 Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize to Bernard Chaet, professor emeritus of drawing and painting. This is Chaet's fifth prize from the National Academy since 1997, and is awarded in conjunction with the 182nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, which was on view at the academy museum this spring. Also included in the exhibition this year is a painting by William Bailey ’55BFA, ’57MFA, professor emeritus of painting, who is the winner of the Benjamin Altman Prize.

Summertime art study

Sam Messer ’81MFA, adjunct professor of painting and associate dean, had a solo exhibition, "The Evolution of Desire," this spring at the Nielsen Gallery in Boston. Messer just concluded his seventh year as director of the art division at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. Twenty-six students, all heading into their senior year in college, participated in the intensive six-week program of painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. The Summer School also offers three free programs for the community: a children's workshop, a drawing class, and a digital photography class.

Dean curates Venice Biennale

Dean Robert Storr returned to New Haven this summer from Europe, where he curated the 2007 Venice Biennale. Storr was the first director from the United States in the history of the celebrated art festival. The 52nd Biennale's public exhibition, "Think with the Senses -- Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense," presents works by about a hundred artists from around the world. "While this show looks forward, it does not look back," writes Dean Storr, explaining his inclusion of living and active artists in the show. "These art works, . . . though created in different languages, are all conjugated in the present tense." The exhibition is on view in Venice through November 21.

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