March 13, 2019

Amy Hauft appointed director of College and Graduate School of Art

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Amy Hauft. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Amy Hauft, the Leslie Waggener Professor in Sculpture at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the College & Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hauft also will serve as the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2019.

Prior to joining UT Austin in 2012, Hauft spent eight years as chair of the Sculpture + Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and 14 years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her large-scale architectural installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. During her tenure at VCU, the sculpture program was consistently ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“Amy is an internationally respected artist and educator who has distinguished herself in previous leadership roles,” said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School. “She has an infectious energy and authentic voice as an artist. She has a strong sense of faculty governance and organizational structure. And she has a proven track record of diversity and inclusion—all while building top ranked-programs of national excellence. I look forward to working closely with her to elevate our studio art and design programs in the College & Graduate School of Art.”

Also joining the Sam Fox School faculty will be sculptor Jack Risley, the Meredith and Cornelia Long Chair of Art and Art History at UT Austin.

“In addition to teaching, Jack brings extraordinary administrative acumen and vision,” Colangelo said. “He will work closely with Sam Fox School leadership on strategic planning and interdisciplinary initiatives that I am confident will advance our distinguishability and mission in significant ways.

About Amy Hauft
Hauft’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the American Academy in Rome; Galeria Wschodnia in Lodz, Poland; The Cooper Union, The New Museum, Franklin Furnace, and MoMA PS1 in New York; and the Fluent Collaborative in Austin, among others. Major group exhibitions include shows at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Neuberger Museum’s public art biennial. Her installation 700,000:1 will open at MASS MoCA in 2021.

Her many honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the St. Gaudens Foundation, and the Howard Foundation, as well as grants from the Public Art Fund in New York and the PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative.

About Jack Risley
Prior to joining UT Austin in 2012, Risley was associate dean of academic affairs at VCU’s School of the Arts; led the MFA program at New York University; and taught at The Cooper Union.

His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, including a long association with Postmasters Gallery in New York, and also has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, the American Academy in Rome, the Vienna Secession, and other prominent venues. His many honors include a Pollock-Krasner Grant, Mid Atlantic Arts-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

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About the Sam Fox School
A leader in architecture, art, and design education, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is committed to advancing those fields through innovative research and creative practice, excellence in teaching, a world-class university art museum, and a deep commitment to addressing the social and environmental challenges of our time.

The Sam Fox School comprises three primary units: College of Art, College of Architecture, and Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The school’s MFA in Visual Art program is currently ranked twelfth in the country by U.S. News and World Report, and a new MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program will welcome its first class in fall 2019.

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