Leslie Hewitt Named Spring 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

January 26, 2015

The Department of Art has named Leslie Hewitt as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the spring 2015 semester. The New York City–based Hewitt often works in the space between photography and sculpture. She combines still-life compositions made up of political, social, and personal materials and often presents them in sturdy wooden frames to add structure to the presentation. From that point, she says, "Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge." This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both "the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture)."

"The Department of Art is thrilled to welcome Leslie Hewitt to campus as this spring's Teiger Mentor in the Arts," says Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Carl Ostendarp. "The intelligence, sensitivity, and complexity of her work as well as her reputation as a creative innovator make her an ideal artist for this role. We are confident that the relationships she builds with our B.F.A. and M.F.A. students will be extraordinarily impactful."

Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include MoMA; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in Manhattan; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA><ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; and the American Academy in Berlin amongst others. Hewitt is the 2014 Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fellow awarded by United States Artists.

Hewitt will visit campus multiple times during the fall semester, and spend several days during each visit meeting and working with students. She will deliver a public lecture titled "Still Life" on February 5 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall.

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. Teiger, who died in December, was a management consultant who lived in Bernardsville, New Jersey, Teiger was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Hewitt is the fourth Teiger Mentor. Previous mentors have been Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, and Josiah McElheny.

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