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Esteemed Artist Ellen Driscoll To Join Bard College Faculty as Professor of Studio Arts

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
 Image Credit: Steven Manning
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College announces the appointment of esteemed artist Ellen Driscoll as Professor of Studio Arts in the Division of the Arts. Driscoll, who joins the College in the fall semester of 2013, will codirect the Studio Arts Program with Judy Pfaff, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts.

Ellen Driscoll’s teaching and artistic commitments include public art, sculpture and installation, drawing, environmental justice, and civil rights. Her works have had wide exposure through nearly 100 solo and group exhibitions of sculptures, drawings, and installations throughout the country and the world. They include Fastforwardfossil: Part 1 at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York; Fastforwardfossil: Part 2 at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Revenant and Phantom Limb for Nippon Ginko, Hiroshima, Japan; The Loophole of Retreat at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris; As Above, So Below for Grand Central Terminal (20 mosaic and glass images at 45th, 47th, and 48th Streets); Catching the Drift, a restroom for the Smith College Museum of Art; and Wingspun for the International Arrivals Terminal at Raleigh-Durham airport. The Massry Center for the Arts in Albany currently hosts an exhibition, Core Sample, featuring Driscoll's sculptures, drawings, and installations, which explore resource consumption and material lineage related to the controversial subject of global warming. For more information about this show, go to:

Driscoll has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bunting Institute at Harvard University, New York Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Council on the Arts, LEF Foundation, and Anonymous Was a Woman. Her works live in the private and public collections at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Art New England, and Interior Design. She comes to Bard from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she has been on the faculty for more than 20 years and serves as department head of sculpture. She has also been affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Princeton University, and Parsons School of Design. Driscoll graduated with a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in sculpture from Columbia University.

CAPTION INFO: Esteemed artist Ellen Driscoll has been appointed as Professor of Studio Arts in the Division of the Arts at Bard College.
PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Manning

Founded in 1860, Bard is an independent, nonsectarian, residential, coeducational college offering a four-year B.A. program in the liberal arts and sciences and a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music—and offers an M.Music in vocal arts and in conducting. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College, a public school with campuses in New York City (Manhattan and Queens) and Newark, New Jersey; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and through the Bard Prison Initiative at five penal institutions in New York State; M.A. in curatorial studies and M.S. in environmental policy and in climate science and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College), and American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Bard offers nearly 50 academic programs in four divisions. Total enrollment for Bard College and its affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate college has an enrollment of more than 1,900 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. For more information about Bard College, visit


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This event was last updated on 11-12-2012