Recognize Arts Alumni For Their Achievements

The UChicago Community Honors Achievement at the Alumni Awards Ceremony

During Alumni Weekend each year, the UChicago community honors distinguished alumni and faculty for their service to their alma mater and their greater global community at the Alumni Awards Ceremony. Past honorees include two alumni known for their contributions in the art world. They are:

Peter Selz, AM'49, PhD'54, recipient of a 2014 Professional Achievement Award for establishing modern art as a legitimate field for art history investigation. His book devoted to German modern art history, German Expressionist Painting (University of California, 1957), is a known classic. He was the first curator of modern painting and sculpture exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and became the founding director of the Berkeley University Art Museum in 1965. Selz’s biographer writes, “Selz’s only but inviolable requirement is that art be serious in intent, regardless of style, and philosophically devoted to the human condition.” As such, Selz looks beyond the mainstream and has shed light on lesser-known artists, both historical and modern-day talents, in his publications, exhibitions, and classes. 

Wolf Kahn, AB'50, 2012 Professional Achievement Award receipient,. is a distinguished American artist known for his combination of realism and color field painting. His work is displayed in nearly a dozen museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Academy of Art, and he has also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Art Award, the John Simon Guggenheim Award in Art, and a Fulbright Scholarship.

Do you know of a deserving member of the University of Chicago alumni community? Nominate them now for the 2015 alumni awards. Read more about the nomination process and requirements, and view the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations are on Monday, September 15, 2014.