150 years of art: some notable alums

It’s impossible to choose ten artists to represent the breadth and depth of the School of Art’s alumni. But we gave it a shot anyway.

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  • Ken McKenna ‘75, ‘78
    Ken McKenna ‘75, ‘78, 12:54am November 13 2019 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    I know it’s hard to winnow such a list down to ten, but it’s amazing that there is no mention of Janet Fish, who was awarded her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and in 1963 became one of the first women to earn a Master of Fine Arts from Yale's School of Art and Architecture.

    Janet Fish is an American painter whose gorgeous still life paintings seem to radiate color. She often chooses as her subjects objects that are translucent, transparent or reflective, in particular colored glass. She surrounds these with flowers, bright cloth patterns and other objects in brilliant hues, balanced with strategically placed rich darks, and somehow manages to tame those wild arrays of color into images that seem at once preternaturally intense and perfectly naturalistic. A sampling:

    Fish is widely recognized and her work is in the collections of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Yale. And deservedly so.

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