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Bard Professor Ellen Driscoll Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art

Exhibition of Work by Driscoll and Other Academy Artists on View from May 22 to June 15

Mark Primoff
Image Credit: Steven Manning
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Ellen Driscoll, distinguished artist and professor of studio arts at Bard College, is the winner of a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art. Driscoll is one of five artists to win this year’s award. The prize of $7,500 is given to artists to honor exceptional accomplishment and to encourage creative work. Awards will be presented in May at the academy’s annual ceremonial in New York City. An exhibition of paintings, sculpture, works on paper, video, and photographs; architectural models and renderings; and original manuscripts by newly elected members and recipients of honors and awards will be on view from May 22 through June 15 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters galleries, located on historic Audubon Terrace in New York City.

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.

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 are housed in 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 the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Art New England, and Interior Design, among other publications. She comes to Bard from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was on the faculty for more than 20 years and served 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: Ellen Driscoll, distinguished artist and professor of studio arts at Bard College, is the winner of a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art.
PHOTO CREDIT: Steven Manning
About the American Academy of Arts and Letters
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to “foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Election to the Academy is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in this country. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. The Academy comprises 250 of America’s leading voices in the fields of Art, Architecture, Literature, and Music. The Academy presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts as well as readings and performances of new musicals, and is located in three landmark buildings on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway, New York City.


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This event was last updated on 05-02-2014