Yale Norfolk School of Art Summer 2023 Lecture Series: Freedom to Form

May 20– July 1, 2023

February 1, 2023: Faculty deadline to nominate up to 3 current juniors 
February 15, 2023: Student deadline to submit application materials 

Norfolk, CT

For summer 2023 the Yale Norfolk School of Art will offer a thematic program called “Freedom to Form” that will include a series of lectures.  The roster of speakers will influence the students’ summer dialogue in a structured way, culminating in an online video archive of these lectures. Yale Norfolk seeks to engage with Norfolk residents through the newly inaugurated Community Art Project and also with a broader public to build a more diverse audience during the summer period. 

Like the last two YNSA themes, “The Shape of Empathy” and “The Ethics of Color,” “Freedom to Form,” is both a provocation and a metaphor, open to translation. Five artists and scholars will be invited to address a range of perspectives; thinking about freedom as it relates to form in a creative process, the right to author, ability to shape oneself and the freedom to build alliances across a spectrum of interests and ideas.  ​​We anticipate conversations which question the meaning of form and the history and access to materials along with questions like, what is freedom in 2023 and where can we find it in our art practices? 

The resident faculty for 2023 will be Byron Kim, Lisa Sigal and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and four Teaching Fellows, selected from graduates of Yale’s esteemed MFA program. This summer Yale Norfolk School of Art is moving forward with plans to accommodate 26 students. We’re especially eager to welcome students to work in the newly renovated Art Barn studio spaces. Students follow a curriculum of Yale College art courses including Critical Studies, Advanced Image Making and Senior Studio. Students work in individual studio spaces and have access to digital printers, computers, along with some traditional printmaking facilities. 

The summer 2023 opening lecture will be May 25 and each Thursday until June 22.  The lectures are in the Art Barn at 7:00 PM. 

Community Drawing is a live model drawing session open to the public and will happen Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM and Saturday mornings at 10 AM. The first session will be Saturday May 27 in the Art Barn. 

Open Studios are scheduled for June 25 in order for the public to witness the vitality of Yale Norfolk’s studio program.

Yale Norfolk School of Art is made possible with the support of Yale School of Art, The Norfolk Foundation, Inc. and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate.