Dixon named recipient of Hartell Graduate Award

December 21, 2009

David Dixon (M.F.A. ‘10) has been selected by art department faculty as the 2009 recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture.

Dixon is an artist and filmmaker whose recent work engages issues of death and its rituals of remembrance through notions of subjectivity, identity, and authorship.

“Unwilling to limit my fun, I work as a painter, sculptor, actor, writer, video artist and filmmaker,” says Dixon. Both of Dixon’s completed feature films — David Dixon is dead. and Unloosened and Root — employ a self-described “meta/hybrid” approach that installs documentary, narrative fiction, sculpture, painting, and performance.

“I finished David Dixon is dead. a few months ago, and am currently submitting it to festivals after having previewed it at Cornell Cinema in October,” says Dixon.

Before coming to Ithaca for the M.F.A. program in 2008, Dixon, a North Carolina native, had been living and working in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1989. From 1999 until 2008, Dixon managed Outpost Artists Resources, a nonprofit video post-production facility in Williamsburg that provides editing to artists at subsidized rates and an artist residency program. He has exhibited, performed and/or, screened his work in many galleries and museums, including Sculpture Center, Antenna Gallery (New Orleans), Galapagos, Postmasters Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.

A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition. Members of Hartell’s family, friends, and former students established the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in his memory after his death in 1995 at the age of 93. Hartell joined the architecture faculty in 1930 and the art faculty in 1940, serving as chair of the art department from 1940 until 1959.

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