The celebrated painter and SAIC honorary doctorate recipient dies at 86.
The celebrated painter and SAIC honorary doctorate recipient dies at 86.
October 10

The Art World Remembers Ellen Lanyon

On October 9 local and national publications including Art in America, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Timeout Chicago remembered alumna, faculty member, and SAIC honorary doctorate recipient Ellen Lanyon (BFA 1948). Lanyon had more than 75 solo exhibitions during her career, including eleven museum shows and three major traveling retrospectives. She is the recipient of the Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2004), two awards from the National Endowment For the Arts (1997 and 1974) and a Fulbright Scholarship (1950-51). Lanyon’s “talent, and her rigorously poetic evocation of nature always stayed absolutely current,” says artist Tony Fitzpatrick in the Sun-Times. “Her work made me feel, and got me thinking what a miraculous place nature is, and how it’s all around us — and how it’s a poem and riddle.” Lanyon died at the age of 86 while returning from Cambridge, England, where she had been working on a new series of prints.