Oppenheim receives 2010 Hartell Graduate Award

December 24, 2010

The art department faculty has selected Ruth Oppenheim (M.F.A. ’11) as the 2010 recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture, which recognizes a graduate student for excellence in a studio practice.

Oppenheim describes her work as “motivated by the frustration I experience with the expectation to choose a singular truth out of the dual, though I know there are endless multiples. With the understanding that every statement (even no statement) is an act of choice, I am attempting to present the structure from which my frustration with history derives.”

This year five graduate students entered the competition juried by department faculty. A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition.

The John Hartell Graduate Award was established by members of his family, friends, and former students in his memory following 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.