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Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Yale School of Art and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Yale School of Art, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Yale School of Art include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Yale School of Art alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Yale School of Art are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Yale School of Art.

This is a list that includes graduates like Chuck Close and Brice Marden.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Yale School of Art?” and “Which celebrities are Yale School of Art alumni?”
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Chuck Close is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Actor, Artist, Photographer

Age: 78

Birthplace: Monroe, Washington, United States of America

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter, artist and photographer. He makes massive-scale photorealist portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits ...more
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Julian Alden Twachtman ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Painter, Artist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1882-1974)

Julian Alden Twachtman (1882-1974) was an American painter. His father was American artist John Henry Twachtman.
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Gregory Crewdson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Gregory Crewdson (born September 26, 1962) is an American photographer. He photographs tableaux of American homes and neighborhoods.
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Fred Sandback is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Sculptor

Age: Dec. at 60 (1943-2003)

Birthplace: Bronxville, New York

Fred Sandback (August 29, 1943 – June 23, 2003) was a minimalist conceptual-based sculptor known for his yarn sculptures, drawings, and prints. His estate is represented by David Zwirner, New
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Robert Mangold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: 81

Birthplace: North Tonawanda, New York

Robert Mangold (born October 12, 1937) is an American minimalist artist. He is also father of film director and screenwriter James Mangold.
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Jonathan Borofsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Jonathan Borofsky Artist

Age: 76

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Jonathan Borofsky (born December 24, 1942) is an American sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in Ogunquit, Maine.
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Jennifer Bartlett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Jennifer Bartlett Artist

Age: 77

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

Jennifer Losch Bartlett (born March 14, 1941) is an American artist. She is known for paintings and prints that combine the system-based aesthetic of Conceptual art with the painterly approach ...more
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Brice Marden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Painter, Artist

Age: 80

Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States of America

Brice Marden (born October 15, 1938), is an American artist, generally described as Minimalist, although his work may be hard to categorize. He lives and works in New York City; Tivoli, New ...more
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Abelardo Morell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Photographer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Abelardo (Abe) Morell (born 1948 in Havana, Cuba) is a Boston-based photographer represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York City.
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Eva Hesse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 34 (1936-1970)

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Eva Hesse (January 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970) was a German-born American sculptor known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. She is one of the artists who ...more
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Lisa Yuskavage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: 56

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lisa Yuskavage (1962) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She is known for her figure paintings, in which seemingly ignoble subjects are depicted with classic, historical ...more
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Nancy Graves is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Nancy Graves Artist

Age: Dec. at 56 (1939-1995)

Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Nancy Graves (December 23, 1939 – October 21, 1995) was an American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and sometime-filmmaker known for her focus on natural phenomena like camels or maps of the ...more
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Richard Serra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Artist

Age: 79

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Richard Serra (born November 2, 1938) is an American artist involved in the Process Art Movement. He lives and works in Tribeca, New York and on the North Fork, Long Island.
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Susanna Coffey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Susanna Coffey Artist

Age: 70

Birthplace: New London, Connecticut

Susanna J. Coffey (born 1949) is an American artist. She is the F. H. Sellers Professor in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives and works in New York City. ...more
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Katy Grannan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Katy Grannan Photographer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Arlington, Massachusetts

Katy Grannan (born 1969) is an American photographer. She has also made a feature-length film, The Nine.
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Tony Ray-Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Tony Ray-Jones Photographer

Age: Dec. at 31 (1941-1972)

Birthplace: Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom

Tony Ray-Jones (7 June 1941 – 13 March 1972) was an English photographer.
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Dawoud Bey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Photographer

Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Dawoud Bey (born 1953) is an American photographer and educator renowned for his large-scale art photography and street photography portraits including American adolescents in relation to their ...more
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Victor Moscoso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Victor Moscoso

Age: 83

Birthplace: Oleiros, Galicia, Spain

Victor Moscoso (born 1936 in Oleiros, Galicia, Spain) is an American artist best known for producing psychedelic rock posters, advertisements, and underground comix in San Francisco during the ...more
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Wangechi Mutu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Sculptor, Screenwriter, Artist

Age: 46

Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya

Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan-American, born 1972) is a prominent international contemporary visual artist known primarily for her painting, sculpture, film and performance work. Born in Kenya, she has ...more
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Emery Bopp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Emery Bopp

Age: Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

Birthplace: Corry, Pennsylvania

Emery Bopp (May 13, 1924 – February 1, 2007) was an artist and long-time chairman of the Division of Art, Bob Jones University.
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Kyle Cooper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Title Designer, Television Editor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Massachusetts

Kyle Cooper (Born July 13, 1962) is an American designer known for his work creating title sequences for motion pictures. He has produced and directed over 350 visual effects sequences and main ...more
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Sean Landers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Sean Landers

Age: 57

Sean Landers (born 1962) is an American artist. He is best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. ...more
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Julie Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Julie Heffernan

Age: 63

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois

Julie Heffernan (born 1956 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American painter whose work has been described by the writer Rebecca Solnit as "a new kind of history painting" and by The New ...more
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Varujan Boghosian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Varujan Boghosian

Age: 92

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut

Varujan Yegan Boghosian is an American artist, best known for his sculptures and assemblages. Since 1958 he has held teaching positions at the University of Florida, Cooper Union, Pratt ...more
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Rudolph F. Zallinger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale School Of Art Alumni
Rudolph F. Zallinger

Age: Dec. at 76 (1919-1995)

Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia

Rudolph Franz Zallinger (German pronunciation: [ˈru:dɔlf ˈtsa:lɪŋɐ]; November 12, 1919 – August 1, 1995), also known as Rudy, was an American-based Austrian-Russian artist. His most notable ...more