Stan Taft

Stan Taft has taught at SUNY Purchase, the University of Iowa, and in the Cornell art department since 1985. Solo exhibitions include those at the Josef Gallery in New York City and the Parnas Gallery in Los Angeles. A selection of group exhibitions includes Figurative Realism: Narrative Painting at SUNY Cortland, the Alex Rosenberg Gallery and Styria Gallery in New York City, the Davidson Gallery in Seattle, Convergence Gallery in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Baltimore, and the American Center for Physics in Washington, DC. He received a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967 and an M.F.A. from Fort Wright College in 1969.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Classes (Selected)

  • ART 1201 Introductory PaintingStudies the language of painting through color, form, materials, and techniques. Aspects of traditional and modern pictorial composition are studied including proportion, space, and color theory through the representation of a variety of subjects.
  • ART 3201 Painting IIIThis topical painting course uses traditional and experimental strategies to address contemporary issues in the mediation of spatiality. Spaces addressed include: theoretical and information spaces, virtual and cyberspaces, surveillance and control spaces, filmic and narrative spaces, and image and game spaces. The emphasis of this course will be on articulating critical approaches to these contemporary spaces through their transposition and delivery in the medium of painting.
  • ART 3202 Painting IVStudents are encouraged to develop visual applications or interpretations of a chosen subject matter, whether this subject matter is inherently visual or non-visual (e.g., experientially or conceptually manifested outside of a visual frame of reference). Emphasis is placed on experimentation with pictorial languages and identifying an appropriate scale of production and mode of delivery, ranging from two-dimensional picture plane to site-specific installation.
  • ART 7001 Graduate Studio ICourse instructor is the chair of student's Special Committee. Students are responsible, under faculty direction, for planning their own projects and selecting the media in which they work. All members of the faculty are available for individual consultation.
  • ART 4209 Independent Studio in Painting

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Project Grant-Institute for Studies in the Arts, Arizona State University (1994)
  • Elected a Scientific Member of Bohmische Physikalische Gesellschaft (1990)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Robotic Photographs, Hartell Gallery, Cornell (2006)
  • Robotic Photographs, International Conference on Science and Art, Beijing (2006)
  • Still, Second Street Gallery, Ithaca (2006)

Publications (Selected)

  • "The Science of Paintings," principal author with J.W. Mayer (2000)
  • "Neutron Induced Autoradiography and Pixe Analysis," principal author with J.W. Mayer, H.C. Aderhold, M.Keller, G.Rizzo, Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology III, J.R. Druzik and P.B.Vandiver ed., Materials Research Society (2001)
  • "Science and Art and Analysis: A Mixture for Undergraduate Non-specialists," principal author with J.W. Mayer, Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology III, J.R. Druzik and P.B. Vandiver, ed., Materials Research Society (1992)
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