55. Frank Stella


Minimalist painter and sculptor Frank Stella ’58 was a Visiting Critic with Princeton’s Program in Visual Arts in 1995 and 1996.  He conducted lectures and studio visits, providing advice to a number of students such as Gabrielle Coleman ’97, shown here. Stella’s talent was noticed soon after he graduated from Princeton with a history degree,  and within a few years, his works were included in a number of major exhibitions at such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum.  In the 1970s, Stella moved into more three-dimensional pieces, from paintings on shaped canvases to wall constructions with multiple components.  In 1984, he issued a spirited defense of abstraction in a famous series of lectures at Harvard that were later published under the title Working Space and attracted much acclaim.  Stella received an honorary doctorate from Princeton that same year and was elected to the elite American Philosophical Society in 1999.