May 28

Alum Spotlighted in New York Times Spread

On May 15 the New York Times profiled alumnus Jeffery Gibson (BFA 1995) in a colorful, full-page spread. As a young artist, Gibson—a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half-Cherokee—was initially reluctant to reflect his heritage and personal identity in his work. However, as writer Carol Kino points out, “self-acceptance has done his work a lot of good.” Merging personal identity with geometric abstraction, Gibson’s hybrid works explore “both the problematic legacies of his own heritage and the problematic legacy of modernism,” says National Academy curator Marshall M. Price. Gibson’s work is currently exhibited in five different shows including solo exhibitions Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel at the National Academy and Love Song at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.