Yale Norfolk School of ArtSummer 2024 Lecture Series: Making Light

May 18– June 29, 2024

February 5, 2024: Faculty deadline to nominate up to 3 current juniors
February 20, 2024: Student deadline to submit application materials 

Norfolk, CT

For summer 2024 the Yale Norfolk School of Art will offer a thematic program called “Making Light” 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 the audience during the summer period. 

Like the last three YNSA themes, “The Shape of Empathy,” “The Ethics of Color” and “Freedom to Form,”  “Making Light,” is both a provocation and a metaphor, open to translation. Five artists and scholars will be invited to address a range of perspectives; which address light as the genesis of color, an element in art making, a form of openness, optimism or levity in a world that can feel very heavy. Of course, with light there is always shadow. The theme of light in the exhibition Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility, presently at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC explores the contemporary tension between wanting to be seen and the desire to be hidden from sight. In Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Millennium the essay on lightness is especially vivid with literary examples of escape, not into dreams or the irrational, but as a means to look at the world with fresh methods of cognition and verification. At Yale Norfolk in 2024 we look forward to exploring lightness in our art practices and in community with one another. 

The resident faculty for 2024 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 plans to accommodate 25 students. Students follow a curriculum of Yale College art courses including Critical Studies, Advanced Image Making and Senior Studio. Students will work in individual studio spaces and have access to digital printers, computers, along with some traditional printmaking facilities. 

The summer 2024 opening lecture will be May 23 and each Thursday until June 20. 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 25 in the Art Barn. 

Open Studios are scheduled for June 23 in order for the public to witness the vitality of Yale Norfolk’s studio program.

The Community Art Projects reception will also be scheduled for June 23.  

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