New York Times Features Amy Sillman, the Fall 2020 Katz Chair in Painting

POSTED ON: October 13, 2020


Amy Sillman, “Split 2”, 2020, acrylic and oil on linen, 70”x62". Photo: David Regen

Amy Sillman, the Fall 2020 Katz Chair in Painting, was featured in the New York Times. Sillman's studio practice in painting has become important to the conversations of contemporary painting and ideas of abstraction in art. Her practice moves beyond the studio to encompass writing and curation; these examples of working across disciplines and social engagement are critical values of education in the School of Art.

Sillman will give an online artist talk on December 3.

The Alex Katz Chair was founded in 1999 by the School of Art with generous support by alumnus Alex Katz. The Chair provides a one-semester visiting professorship to a distinguished artist working in the fields of Painting and Drawing.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.