Post-Minimalist Artist, Trinity Alum Richard Tuttle to Speak at College

Tuttle ’63, to be interviewed by Director of Wadsworth Atheneum

HARTFORD, CT, May 5, 2013 – Richard Tuttle, whom the Pace Gallery has called “one of most significant artists working today,” will be interviewed about his sculpture and prints Friday, June 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Cinestudio on the Trinity campus. The interview, which is open to the public, will be conducted by Susan L. Talbott, director of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Tuttle’s sculpture, “Birth of Three Metals,” hangs in the College’s Admissions Building and the prints, also to be displayed in the Admissions Building, are on loan for Reunion Weekend, which runs from Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9.

Tuttle, a member of the Class of 1963, will be on hand to participate in his 50-year Reunion.

A native of New Jersey, Tuttle moved to New York City after graduating from Trinity, where he spent a semester at Cooper Union while working at the Betty Parsons Gallery. A year later, she gave him his first show, jump-starting a career that has seen his works – including sculpture, paintings, drawings, and printmaking – displayed in such prominent venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Kunsthaus Zug in Switzerland; and the Museu Serralves in Portugal.

The Pace Gallery, a leading contemporary gallery representing more than 70 artists and with locations in New York, London and Beijing, has said that Tuttle “has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization…He draws beauty out of humble materials, reflecting the fragility of the world in his poetic works. Without a specific reference point, his investigations of line, volume, color, texture, shape and form are imbued with a sense of spirituality and informed by a deep intellectual curiosity.”

Tuttle was the Artist in Residence at the Getty Research Institute from September 2012 through this June.

He has been the recipient of many awards for his work, including the 74th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Biennial Prize, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 1998, and the Aachen Art Prize in 1998 from the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Germany.

Tuttle lives and works in Mount Desert, Maine; Abiquiu, NM; and New York City.

Talbott is the director and CEO of the Atheneum. Before taking the job, she was the director of Smithsonian Arts  at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, from 2005 to 2008, and the Des Moines Art Center from 1998 to 2005. She has also worked for prominent art organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). She is a Harvard University Fellow and an alumna of the Art Museum Director’s Program. She has received the Distinguished Service Award from the NEA, and an Alumna Achievement Award from Pratt Institute.​