Lucy Lippard, Renowned Art Writer, Activist and Critic, Will Deliver Graduation Address

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—April 21, 2011—Santa Fe University of Art and Design announced today that Lucy Lippard, renowned art writer, critic and activist, will deliver the graduation address and receive an honorary degree at the university’s 2011 graduation ceremonies. Lippard will be introduced by Diane Karp, executive director of the Santa Fe Art Institute, the internationally recognized arts organization that shares the Santa Fe University campus. The university will present bachelor’s degrees to approximately 50 graduating students during its graduation ceremony, to be held at 10 a.m. on May 14 at the university’s Greer Garson Theatre.

“We are extremely proud of our students and their achievements,” said John S. Gordon, president of the university. “Lucy Lippard is certainly an inspiration for all of them as they embark on their journey to realize their potential as professional artists and contributing members of our society. I know that Lucy accepted our invitation expressly because of her interest in and commitment to these young artists and their future.”

Lucy Lippard, an early champion of feminist art, is the author of 21 books on contemporary art, feminism, politics and place. Her titles include From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art (1976), a semiautobiographical account of the early days of the feminist art movement; Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America (1990); The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (1998); and On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place (1999). She has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1968), the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award (1975) and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

She is a co-founder of Printed Matter, a New York City bookstore centered around artist’s books, as well as the Heresies Collective, Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, and other artists’ organizations. She has curated more than 50 exhibitions, performed guerrilla theatre, and edited several independent publications—including El Puente de Galisteo, which covers her home community in Galisteo, New Mexico. She holds a BA from Smith College and an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

Santa Fe University is currently holding a series of events related to the 2011 graduating class. On April 19, the Creative Writing and Literature Department will launch Glyph, a student-edited and student-produced literary journal featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting. The Contemporary Music Department will present the Gala Student Ensemble Concert, on May 8. Finally, the Art and Photography departments will host the opening reception for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition May 13 in the university’s Fine Arts Gallery, showcasing more than 70 works of painting, photography and installation by seven students.

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