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Artist Yvonne Jacquette to Speak at HAS

Guest artist Yvonne Jacquette will give a lecture on her career and work at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut. The event is part of the Hartford Art School’s Auerbach Lecture Series, and is free and open to the public.


Yvonne Jacquette attended the Rhode Island School of Design before she moved to New York City. In the late 1960s as an airline passenger, she was inspired by aerial views and began to study cloud formations and weather patters. She incorporated these into her sketches and paintings, and the aerial perspective became a defining element of her artwork. 


“It happened by accident, of course,” Jacquette said, regarding how flight inspired her artwork in an interview with art critic John Yau in The Brooklyn Rail. “I was going to visit my parents who had just moved to California, and I was in a plane with watercolors and I started to see that the clouds were amazing when you’re right in them.”


Jacquette’s work is included in the collections of more than 40 museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.


The Auerbach Lecture Series is made possible by The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund of the Hartford Art School Endowment, Inc.. The fund brings visiting artists to campus twice each semester for one or two days so that they may deliver public lectures and spend time in the studios critiquing student work in a sponsoring department. Jacquette’s visit is sponsored by the painting department.