Teiger Estate Gives Additional Gift to Continue Mentorship Program

Sam Durant
San Durant, the spring 2016 Teiger Mentor in the Arts, delivers a public lecture in the Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Shannon Ebner
Sharon Hayes, the fall 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts, meets with B.F.A. students during their thesis critiques in Tjaden Hall. William Staffeld / AAP
Leslie Hewitt
"Still Life" was the title of the public lecture delivered by Leslie Hewitt, the spring 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts. William Staffeld / AAP
Alejandro Cesarco
The fall 2014 Teiger Mentor in the Arts, Alejandro Cesarco, meets with students during a visit to campus. William Staffeld / AAP
Shannon Ebner
Los Angeles–based artist Shannon Ebner was the spring 2014 Teiger Mentor in the Arts. William Staffeld / AAP
Josiah McElheny
Josiah McElheny, a sculptor, performance artist, and writer from New York City, was the inaugural Teiger Mentor in the Arts. William Staffeld / AAP
March 15, 2016

An incremental gift from the estate of David Teiger '51 enables the art mentorship program created in his name to continue. Originally established in 2013, funds from the initial gift sustained the program through the spring 2016 semester. The additional money, which brings the gift total to $1 million, allows the program to carry on for several more years.

During their appointments, Teiger Mentors make ongoing visits to studio and seminar classes and conduct individual critiques with B.F.A. and M.F.A. students. The program aspires to give undergraduate and graduate art students opportunities to make connections with and learn from a diverse range of leading professional artists.

"From its inception, the Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program has added both richness and intellectual diversity to the culture of creative production, critique, and discussion of student work in the Department of Art," says Associate Professor and Chair Michael Ashkin. "After five complete iterations of the mentorship, I am even more convinced of its value to us as an integral part of our pedagogical philosophy that centers itself on productive criticality."

Mentor artists are selected by a jury composed of members of the art department and external curators and art educators. Sam Durant is the current Teiger Mentor, and previous mentors include Josiah McElheny, Shannon Ebner, Alejandro Cesarco, Leslie Hewitt, and Sharon Hayes.

Says Ashkin, "All of the mentors have demonstrated brilliant, forward thinking in their respective careers and throughout their time here in Ithaca. On behalf of myself and the community of students, faculty, and artists that will continue to benefit from the extreme generosity of David Teiger and the Teiger family, I extend my deepest gratitude for their recent gift to the art program and our community."

Teiger, who passed away in December 2014, was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe.

By Rebecca Bowes