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August 30, 2018

Paul Pfeiffer Named Teiger Mentor in the Arts at Cornell University

ITHACA, NEW YORK—The Department of Art at Cornell University’s College of Art, Architecture, and Planning has named Paul Pfeiffer the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for fall 2018. As part of the mentorship, Pfeiffer will conduct studio visits with graduate and undergraduate students on multiple occasions during the semester. Pfeiffer will also deliver a public artist talk at the university’s Milstein Hall on Monday, September 24.

“I first encountered Paul’s work John 3:16 in the Greater New York group exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2000 and have since been enthusiastically following his creative practice in video, photography, and sculpture,” said Carl Ostendarp, associate professor of art and director of graduate studies at Cornell AAP’s MFA program. “Paul’s work is said to address the role that mass media plays in shaping our communal consciousness, but what it also seems to me to do is offer us a compelling opportunity to become more empathetic towards one another.”

Pfeiffer received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Hunter College and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2009, he was awarded the Alpert Award for Visual Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hammer Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Venice, Whitney, and Sydney biennials, among others.

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts program was created by Cornell University alumnus David Teiger, a prominent patron of contemporary art and curatorial projects in the United States and Europe. Pfeiffer is the eleventh Teiger mentor. Previous mentors include Sam Lewitt, Dana Hoey, Sean Landers, and Craig Kalpakjian.

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