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Jessica Stockholder Appointed Chair of the Department of Visual Arts

The Division of the Humanities and the Department of Visual Arts extends a warm welcome to Jessica Stockholder, who joins the University of Chicago faculty as a Professor in Visual Arts and the College and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. Stockholder is an artist whose work has transformed the traditional conception of sculpture and has won international acclaim for genre-defying multimedia installation pieces.

In 2007 Stockholder received the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and her work has appeared internationally including the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum for American Art, Museum of Modern Art PS1, and the Centre Pompidou. Stockholder received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for sculpture in 1988, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and currently teaches sculpture at Yale University.  In 2009 the New Yorker wrote of Stockholder’s work, “Her new, nonchalantly precise arrangements of everyday stuff—fake fur, socks, plastic bowls, a surfboard, a lamp, a plastic shower curtain—look both unsinkably fresh and supremely formal.”

From the University News Office:

“Jessica Stockholder will not only be a stellar addition to the DOVA faculty, but, more broadly speaking, an inspiring leader for our transformative arts initiatives campus-wide,” said Larry Norman, Deputy Provost for the Arts. “Her appointment demonstrates the depth of the University’s commitment to boldly strengthening the role of arts in our distinctive culture of inquiry.”

Stockholder said the University’s lively intellectual atmosphere, as well as the building of the Logan Center, were key factors in her decision to join the faculty.

“The [University of Chicago] community seems really dynamic and full of conversation and energy. I am excited and happy to be part of the effort to bring more energy to the practice of the arts at the University,” she said.

To read more about Stockholder’s work and appointment please click here.

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