David Hartt and Sharon Hayes join the PennMFA faculty

David Hartt and Sharon Hayes join the PennMFA faculty

University of Pennsylvania

Left: Sharon Hayes. Photo: David B. Smith. Right: David Hartt.
November 22, 2015
David Hartt and Sharon Hayes join the PennMFA faculty

2016–17 application deadline: January 12, 2016

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The Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design welcomes David Hartt and Sharon Hayes to the standing faculty. The appointments affirm the School’s commitment to art as a form of engagement with others and opening additional avenues of investigation for artists interested in the moving image. Hartt and Hayes join a community that includes faculty Nancy Davenport, Ken Lum, Joshua Mosley, Orkan Telhan and Jackie Tileston; History of Art Professors Karen Beckman and Kaja Silverman; MFA critics Mary Reid Kelley and A.L. Steiner; Keith L. and Katherine S. Sachs Endowed Visiting Professor Wael Shawky and others, bringing a deeper strength to artistic investigations with the moving image.

Hartt previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the graduate program at Bard College. He has extensive experience working with video and photography to carry out research relating to vernacular cultures, anthropology, and architectural history. His work has been exhibited and is included in a number of museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Hartt teaches video and the graduate studio, and will introduce a studio course on architecture’s relationship with cinema.

Hayes previously taught at The Cooper Union and is a highly accomplished video, performance and installation artist whose work examines the intersection of history, politics and speech, with a focus on the language of 20th-century protest groups. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; the New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Hayes is the recipient of The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches video and performance at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Pennsylvania is focused on the professional development of visual artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities, and interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open framework to foster independent methods of artistic research. In addition to seminars within the Fine Arts department, graduate students are encouraged to pursue the impressive selection of courses offered across the university.

Download the PennMFA program catalog here.

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