The Visual Arts Alumni Archive is a new resource where alumni can display their work online while reconnecting with the School of the Arts at Columbia University. The archive stretches back to the early 1950's- well before the graduate art program was formalized into the School of the Arts in 1966. In June 2007 graduates from the 1980's and 1990's join the ranks of artists on this site.
Artist pages are at the heart of the archive. If you click on the decade menu on the left hand side of the homepage you find artists who graduated in that period. Click on a name and you can discover the work of an alumnus of the School of the Arts through images, an artist statement, and reflections on their time at Columbia. These pages are meant to be enjoyed by Columbia alumni as well as the broader community of artists and art appreciators. If you wish to contact an artist that you find in these pages, please refer to the address at the bottom of this page. The alumni and development office at the School of the Arts will contact the artist directly on your behalf.
Starting in June, you will also find a new section for essays including a memoir on longtime art professor Andre Racz by Arthur C. Danto, professor emeritus at Columbia University, and noted art critic since the 1950's. Joan Jonas' ('65) thesis essay is also reprinted here.
Additional sections called "Visual Memories" and "Archive Project" allow you to navigate the many interesting photos dating from years at Columbia, and highlights a curated project by one alumnus, respectively. Visit the site often to view newly updated content.
The Visual Arts Alumni Archive was conceived in 2005 by current Visual Arts Chair Gareth James as well as recent alumnus Noah Fischer ('04) and Development and Alumni officer Garth Graeper. The extensive work was carried out by web developer Josh Wasserman as well as students Michael Chan, Jonathan Arkin, Ashley Stewart, and Dorian Norton. We would like to thank all of the artists who participated in this online project for their thoughtfulness, long-term commitment to art, and to the School of the Arts at Columbia University.
Development and Alumni Relations
School of the Arts
305 Dodge Hall, MC 1803
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2293
Fax: (212) 854-7733