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Knowledge is power. Schools are where to get it. PotatoMike has searched the planet to find the best art schools from around the world–then we bring them to you. Want to learn how to make cool art? Looking for talented undiscovered grads to commission work? Let PotatoMike set you up.

 

Alfred University
1 Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802/ 1607-871-2115/ art.alfred.edu

Alfred University is located in New York State, and has a School of Art and Design that offers both undergraduate and masters programs. They offer a range of studio art. Most notable is Alfred’s ceramic arts and engineering program, which is widely renowned as one of the best in the country. Their campus is also home to several galleries and the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum.

 
 

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85281/ 1480-965-2100/ www.asu.edu

ASU is the state college of Arizona. They are a large college with many majors and areas of study available. Their facilities include a fibers studio, ceramics, and other fine arts as well as contemporary design technologies. 

 
 

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103/ 1626-396-2200/ www.artcenter.edu

Art Center College of Design is a private arts institution located in Pasadena, California. It was the first arts institution to be awarded NGO-status by the United Nations, and is one of the few schools that offers degrees in Interaction Design. 

 

 
 
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Bard College
Campus Road, Annandale-on-Hudson,New York 12504-5000/ Phone: 800-BARDCOL/ www.bard.edu

Bard College is a Private Liberal Arts college, located in New York State. Bard is known for their photo and film program. Alumni of the school include artist Carolee Schneeman. Bard’s Dean of the College is Rebecca Thomas, who works with administrators to ensure high-quality education. 

 
 

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island 02912/ 1401-863-1000/ www.brown.edu

Brown University is an Ivy League School known for their library and research as an institution. They work closely with RISD and offer an open aesthetic approach to art making, with many of areas of study available. 

 
 
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CUNY- Hunter College
695 Park Ave, NY, NY 10065 /1212.772.4000/ www.hunter.cuny.edu

Hunter College is a state college part of the CUNY schools, known for their MFA programs. They boast a strong studio art program as well as pre-law and other interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Their dean, Andrew J. Polski is a distinguished educator and a published author. 

 
 

California College of the Arts
5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618/ 1-800-447-1ART/ www.cca.edu

California College of the Arts is an art, design, architecture, and writing school. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland and is known for their focus on visual arts and design. They boast notable alumni Dennis Oppenheim.

 
 
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California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355/ 1800.545.ARTS/ www.calarts.edu

Calarts is a private arts institute known for their close ties to Hollywood animation studios like Disney and Dreamworks. Their Dean of the School of Art, Thomas Lawson has been internationally exhibited and is a published author. 

 
 
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Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213/ 1412-268-2000/ www.cmu.edu

Carnegie-Mellon University is a private research institution featuring an art program known for their inter-disciplinary approach to art and the artist within society. Their dean of the College of Fine Arts is Dan J. Martin. Since joining Carnegie Mellon, he has expanded their arts program to contemporary practices and is a published author. 

 

 
 

College for Creative Studies
201 E Kirby St, Detroit, MI 48202/ 1800-952-2787/www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

College for Creative Studies is a design school located in Detroit, Michigan. They focus exclusively on the creative arts and offer an expanded curriculum for focused areas of study such as Advertisement: Copywriting, Fashion Accessories Design, and Transportation Design. They offer undergraduate and master’s degrees. College for Creative Studies boasts notable alumni Mary Lynn Rajskub. 

 
 

Columbus College of Art and Design
60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215/ 1614-224-9101/ www.ccad.edu

Columbus College of Art and Design hosts a BFA as well as an MFA/ MD program. Their on-campus gallery showcases contemporary artists including Roxy Paine. They have focused programs including Comic Arts and Narrative studies, and a Contemporary Crafts major that includes foundry and glasswork. CCAD is lead by Dr. Melanie Corn, their first female president.

 
 

Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027/ 1212-854-4900/ www.columbia.edu

Columbia is an Ivy League private university. Columbia offers a Visual arts BFA that is multimedia based and is known for their MFA programs and their academic approach to art-making. Carol Becker is the dean of Faculty at Columbia and is an award-winning lecturer and author. 

 
 

Cornell University
144 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853/ 1607-254-4636/ www.cornell.edu

Cornell University is an Ivy League school, offering a BFA and MFA rooted in architecture practices. Their programming extends to fine arts. The Dean of the School of Art is Kent Kleinman, who has taught internationally with a focus on architecture and 20th century art. 

 
 

Cranbrook Academy of Art
39221 Woodward Ave,Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303/ 1248-645-3300/ cranbrookart.edu

Cranbrook is a private art college, known for their museum and fine arts program. Their dean is Amy Green Deines, who is known for her programs aimed at progressive design and the funding of local arts institutions. 

 
 
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Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
919 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles CA, 90015/ 1800-624-1200/ fidm.edu

While concentrating on fashion design, branding, and construction, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers a number of majors in the arts including Film, Drawing, and Social Media. They have four campuses spread throughout California. FIDM’s notable alumni include Monique Lhuillier, Amanda Bynes, will.i.am, and Lauren Conrad.

 
 
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Indiana University Bloomington
1201 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405/ 1812-855-7766/ studioart.indiana.edu

University of Indiana Bloomington is a fully accredited state university offering a comprehensive studio art program for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. They boast big facilities, with six buildings dedicated to the art program, and a number of fine arts studios and shops located on campus. Their graduate design degree is widely acclaimed. 

 
 

Maine College of Art
522 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101/ 1800-639-4808/ www.meca.edu

Maine College of Art, or MECA, is an arts school headed by interim President Staurt Kestenbaum, published poet and Maine’s fifth poet laureate. MECA offers undergraduate programs of study focused on craft and studio practice with a variety of minors, as well as an MFA program and a Master’s in Art Education offered as well. 

 
 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115/ 1617-879-7000/ massart.edu

Massachusetts College of Art is a publicly funded college of visual and applied arts offers a BFA, and four Graduate degrees. It is close to MassMoCa, a leader in the exhibition of contemporary sculpture. Massachusetts College of Art and Design alumni include award winning photographer William Wegman, and composer Christian Marclay. 

 
 

Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901/ 1848-932-9360/ www.masongross.rutgers.edu

Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of Art is the art school of the State college of NJ. They are known for their MFA programs and their theatre/performing arts programs. President George B. Stauffer is a performer, music scholar and advocate for music and arts funding. 

 
 

Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 W Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217/ 141-669-9200/ www.mica.edu

MICA is a private University located in Baltimore, Maryland. They offer both BFA and MFA programs. They are known internationally for both Fine Arts and Design and their comprehensive facilities. Samuel Hoi is the President at the Maryland Institute College of Art and has had a long career of development and growth in arts institutions, focusing on quality of education and expanding endowment and fiscal opportunities for the school. 

 
 

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404/ 1612.874.3700/ mcad.edu

MCAD is a Private non-profit school focusing on visual arts, with a 4-year BFA and postgraduate options. Based in Minnesota, MCAD is a window into the vibrant arts community of Minneapolis. They boast notable alumni James Rosenquist. 

 
 
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Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, 01915/ 1978-921-4242 www.montserrat.edu

Montserrat College of Art is located in Beverly, Massachusetts near Boston. It is a four-year school offering undergraduate degrees in most graphic arts, with a specialized book arts program. They offer minors in creative writing and art history. Their campus is intimate, with a high teacher to student ratio and residential housing for its students.

 
 

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003/ 1212-992-8200 / tisch.nyu.edu

Tisch School of the Arts is a multidisciplinary school within New York University focusing on performance studies and film. They boast notable alumni such as Jim Jarmusch and Spike Lee, and have a long lasting reputation for educating successful performers. 

 

 
 
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Ohio University
54 E. Union St., Athens, OH 45701/ 1740-593-1808/ www.ohio.edu

Ohio University’s art program distinguishes itself through its performance art and theatre programs, as well as offering art and design programs. Ohio University also hosts a school of Interdisciplinary Art. Their campus is home to the Kennedy Museum of Art and three galleries providing artists and students with opportunities to show their work. 

 
 

Ohio State University
258 Hopkins Hall, 128 N. Oval Mall, Columbus OH,43210/ 1614-292-5072/ art.osu.edu

Ohio State University is a state college located in the Midwestern United States, offering strong programs in art therapy, art history, as well as an art and technology department. They offer a four-year undergrad in a variety of art disciplines as well as an MFA in studio art. 

 

 
 

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045/ 1310-665–6800/ otis.edu

Otis College of Art is located in Los Angeles, California and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in several areas of study. Their undergraduate degrees include both fine arts and design disciplines, with the opportunity to concentrate on a single discipline, such as Toy Design. Their graduate programs include Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Public Practice.  

 
 

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey 08544/ 1609-258-3000/ www.princeton.edu

Princeton University is an Ivy League School hosting an internationally acclaimed art museum and collection. Their arts department offers Bachelor’s degrees in many fields including creative writing, dance, and visual art. 

 

 
 

Parsons School of Design
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011/ 1212-229-8900/ www.newschool.edu/parsons

Parsons was absorbed by the New School and offers interdisciplinary courses as well as BFA and MFA programs; Parsons’ executive dean Joel Towers has been at Parsons since 2002, first as Director of Sustainable Design and Technology. Towers is a founding partner in the architecture firm SR+T, and was a member of faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia. 

 

 
 

Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205/ 1718-636-3600/ www.pratt.edu

Pratt Institute is an arts institution offering a four-year bachelor’s degree in fine arts, design, and art history in several areas of study. They offer minors, as well as a newly established performance arts major. Their schools of Architecture and Interior Design are top-ranked. Pratt Institute offers graduate degrees in a number of fields, with a focus on studio programs. They boast notable alumni Paul Rand, Betsey Johnson, Rob Zombie,Ellsworth Kelly and many others. 

 
 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street, Troy, NY USA 12180/ 1518-276-6575/ www.arts.rpi.edu

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a research institution located in New York State. Its Arts Department is one of the first institutions to have integrated electronic arts into their curriculum. They offer undergraduate programs as well as graduate and Ph.D programs. Their Integrated Electronic Arts department offers programs in Games and Simulated Arts Sciences and Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication. 

 
 
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Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234/ 1941-351–5100/ www.ringling.edu

Ringling College of Art and Design has eleven different undergraduate majors offering BFA degrees and two programs for a BA. They are located in Florida and are focused on graphics, gaming design, and drawing. Ringling emphasizes industry experience amongst its students, with strong ties to game design and animation studios. Ringling’s president is Dr. Larry R. Thompson. 

 
 

Rhode Island School of Design
62 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02906/ 1401-454-6100/ www.risd.edu

RISD is a private institution, offering BFA and MFA programs during which students can take classes at Brown. 17th president Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer and historian, and until her appoontment as president in 2015 she had been at RISD since 1985 as an educator and administrator. 

 

 
 

Rochester Institute of Technology
1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623/ 1585-475-2411/ cias.rit.edu

Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately owned institution with nine colleges dedicated to varied areas of study. RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences hosts the schools of American Crafts, Art, Design, Film and Animation, Photographic Arts and Sciences, and the school of Media Sciences and their campus has four galleries providing opportunities for artists and students. Their dean is Dr. Lorraine Justice, whose international experience brings an innovative approach to the Institute. 

 
 

Savannah College of Art and Design
342 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401/ 1912.525.5100/ www.scad.edu

Savannah College of Art and Design is an international arts school based in Savannah, Georgia. They offer over 70 disciplines of study, offering full BFA, BA, MA, and MFA programs in both fine arts and design. They are known for their fine arts as well as fashion design. Their satellite campuses include SCAD Hong Kong and SCAD Lacoste. 

 

 
 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
36 South Wabash, Chicago, IL 60603/ 1800-232-7242/ www.saic.edu

Known for their painting MFA, SAIC has great museum resources and is known for their open majors and studio based environment. SAIC’s President Elissa Tenny took helm in 2016, focusing on academic programming and realizing new inititatives for the school including a library renovation. 

 

 
 

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133/ 1415-771-7020/ www.sfai.edu

SFAI is a Private non profit school of art based in San Francisco. They focus on contemporary arts practices, and have hosted a slew of successful alumni including Barry McGee, Kehinde Wiley, and Ansel Adams. 

 

 
 

Stanford University
Stanford University.  Stanford, California 94305/ 1650-723-2560/ art.stanford.edu

Stanford is a private research institution in California that offers art history and design. Matthew Tiews is the first Executive Director of Arts Programs for Stanford University.  Appointed in 2010, this program effectively consolidated Stanford’s art education programs to provide a more focused art education for those at Stanford. 

 

 
 

School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 / 1212-592-2000/ www.sva.edu

School of Visual Arts is a private institution in Manhattan, New York known for their Design facilities and faculty. They have leading members of the fine arts and design field as alumni or staff, notably artist James Jean and award winning graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister. 

 

 
 

SUNY- Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577/ 1914-251-6000/ www.purchase.edu

SUNY- Purchase College is part of the New York State University family of schools. It is noted for its large arts facilities and its proximity to New York City, a leading city in arts culture and development. They host visiting artists and lecturers that are world-renowned.  SUNY Purchase College offers a B.F.A. in Design, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Visual Arts. 

 
 

Syracuse University
900 South Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13244 / 1315-443-1870/ www.syr.edu

Syracuse University is a Private research institution offers BFA programs in fine arts, and a bachelors and master’s program for Art History, focused on visual and performing arts. Their academic approach to the arts is rooted in an interdisciplinary program focused on student experience and collaboration. 

 

 

 
 

Tyler School of Art at Temple University
2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122/ 1215-777-9000/ tyler.temple.edu

Temple University's art program offers a general fine arts program with concentrations. They are widely known for their performing arts, while offering a strong architecture program focused on sustainability practices. Their dean is Hester Stinnett, an award winning printmaker that has been a practicing artist for a number of years. 

 

 
 

University of the Arts
320 S. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19102/ 1215-717-6030/ www.uarts.edu

UArts is a Philadelphia based college offering BFA/ MFA programs in many schools of art study. They are known for their expansive library and studio art programs. President David Yager comes from a background of producing art as well as a forerunner in the field of applied design research. Notable alumni from UArts include Irvin Penn and Stan and Jan Berenstein.

 

 
 

University of California at Berkeley
Department of Art Practice, 347 Kroeber Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720/ 1510-642-2582/ art.berkeley.edu

University of California at Berkeley is a Public Research college, known for their design and social practices. Their Dean of Arts and Humanities, Anthony Cascardi emphasizes a scholarly approach to aesthetics and design as well as a focus on philosophy.

 

 

 
 

University of California at Davis
University of California Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616/ 1530-752-0105/ arts.ucdavis.edu

University of California at Davis is a public university, and has an interdisciplinary arts program offering both undergraduate and master’s programs. Their interim dean, Susan Kaiser emphasizes an education that is focused on collaboration and research. She is a published author, focusing on textiles and identity.

 

 
 

University of California, Irvine
4000 Mesa Rd., Irvine, CA 92697 / 1949-824-5011/ www.arts.uci.edu

University of California, Irvine is part of the University of California system of schools and is a public, state institution offering a B.A, B.F.A, M.A., M.F.A, as well as a doctorate program. Dean Stephen Barker, Ph.D. heads the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in their mission for a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary art education. They emphasize the role of research and technology within the applied arts as well as a strong foundation in performance and studio arts. 

 

 
 

University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095/ 1310-825-4321/ www.ucla.edu

University of California Los Angeles is a school in the University of California schools. UCLA offers a Bachelor’s in Art degree as well as a Master’s in Fine Arts program. They are based in Los Angeles and enjoy proximity to one of the world’s leading cities in art. 

 

 
 

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093/ 1858-534-2860/ visarts.ucsd.edu

University of California at San Diego is part of the University of California schools, offering high quality education at an affordable cost. University of San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts offers five undergraduate majors, as well as minors, and two graduate degrees. They also host a Ph.D program. UC San Diego emphasizes critical art theory and criticism, with a strong focus on art history.

 
 

University of Cincinnati
2600 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220/ 1513-556-0000/daap.uc.edu

University of Cincinnati is located in Ohio. They offer BFA degrees in Fine Arts as well as Art History, with an option to be licensed to teach. At the graduate level they offer Visual Arts education, as well as Fine arts and Art History. They have both design facilities as well as fine arts facilities. 

 

 
 

University of Chicago
915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637/ 1773-702-2787/ arts.uchicago.edu

University of Chicago is a multi-discipline institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Along with proximity to internationally acclaimed museums, University of Chicago hosts a variety of visual art, performance, and arts practice opportunities. They offer arts majors as well as minors, and a 4-year undergraduate program. 

 

 
 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Art and Design Building, 408 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820/ 1217-333-0855/ art.illinois.edu

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s art department offers both BFA and MFA programs, with an emphasis on inter-department collaboration. As well as a fine arts school, University of Illinois offers environmental arts and performance arts practices. The school of art has produced notable alumni such as Carolee Schneeman, Richard Greenberg, and William Wegman.

 

 
 

University of Iowa
141 N Riverside Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242/ 1319-335-1376/ art.uiowa.edu

University of Iowa hosts a school of Art and Art History that offers fine arts and art history degree programs. They offer studio art degrees in nine disciplines. Their faculty consists of artists that are working and exhibiting in their respective fields. Undergraduate students are encouraged to merge their practice with other fields of creativity including creative writing, informatics, dance, and printmaking. 

 

 
 

University of Michigan
500 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109/ 1734-764-0397/ stamps.umich.edu

University of Michigan is an internationally acclaimed university that offers minors in art as well as majors, and a BFA as well as a BA program. They are located in the Detroit metropolitan area. 

 

 
 

University of Pennsylvania
249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104/ 1215-898-6341/ www.design.upenn.edu

University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy-League school with a design school that offers a BFA and an MFA, focused on studio art and design. They offer a dual degree program across other departments within the university. Their undergraduate fine arts degree works in conjuction with other departments including Cinema Studies, Digital Media Design, and Visual Studies. 

 
 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996/ 1865-974-3407/ art.utk.edu

University of Tennessee Knoxville is a public university with a fully comprehensive art program, offering a wide-ranging foundations program as well as specific areas of study. They are accredited and offer bachelor’s degrees in graphic design, art history, studio art, and art. The graduate program includes an MA in Time-Based Art. The campus is home to three galleries.

 
 

University of Texas at Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas 78712/ 1512-471–3382/art.utexas.edu

University of Texas at Austin is a fully accredited state university located in Austin, Texas. The university hosts an art and art history department that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Art, Art History, Design, and Art Education. They have excellent educational resources ranging from a number of libraries, museums, and fine arts facilities.

 
 

University of Washington
4000 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195/ 1206-543-0970/ art.washington.edu

University of Washington’s School of Art + History + Design offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies. They offer a range of disciplines, including ceramics, sculpture, and photomedia. Design degrees are accompanied with a gallery show upon graduation.

 

 
 

University of Wisconsin- Madison
455 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706/ 1608-262-1660/ art.wisc.edu

University of Wisconsin- Madison’s school of Art offers a B.S., B.F.A, M.A., M.F.A, as well as an M.S. in Art Education. They host a nationally acclaimed Printmaking program. University of Wisconsin-Madison’s staff consists of working artists and education professionals including comic artist Lynda Barry. They offer a number of specialized disciplines such as Installation, Comic Arts, Glass/Neon, and Papermaking.

 

 
 

Virginia Commonwealth University
325 North Harrison Street, Richmond, VA 23284/ 1804-828-2787/ arts.vcu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top-ranked public art school that has been noted as one of the most affordable, high quality art programs in the United States. They offer 16 disciplines in art, and are top ranked amongst public universities in their fiber arts, sculpture, painting, graphic design, glass, and a number of others. They offer bachelor’s degrees as well as master’s programs.

 
 

Washington University in St. Louis: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130/ 1314-935-6500/samfoxschool.wustl.edu

Washington University in St. Luis’ Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in specified areas of design study. They host a College of Architecture, as well as a College of Art; both offer a bachelor’s and a master’s. Carmon Colangelo is the dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and is working to expand the school and its opportunities since his appointment in 2016.

 

 
 

Yale University School of Art
1156 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut, 06520/ 1203-432-2600/ art.yale.edu

Yale University is an Ivy league school, known for their painting MFA. They offer a variety of masters programs, along with a newly created BFA. Marta Kusma, who is a renouned curator and internationally practicing administrator, is the active Dean of Yale’s school of art.