The Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts was established in 1988 for the purpose of bringing in artists of international reputation as faculty of the Art School. The chair is rotated among departments, with individuals teaching either a semester or academic year.
One of the few endowed chairs in the visual arts, it has become an important part of the school. Students have the opportunity to learn directly from artists whose work is chronicled in contemporary art history.
Recipients include: Gregory Gillespie, Bill Jensen, Joyce Kozloff, Alfred Leslie, and George McNeil in painting; Merry Alpern, Anthony Aziz + Sammy Cucher, John Coplans, Andy Grundberg, Sandy Skoglund, and Jerry Spagnoli in photography; Lowry Burgess, Judy Pfaff, Michael Singer, and Robert Stackhouse in sculpture; Andy Brayman, Kathy Butterly, Linda Christianson, Tony Hepburn, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, and Bruce Winn in ceramics; Jane Goldman, Richard Ziemann, Warrington Colescott, and Fran Myers in printmaking; Brian Ajhar, Etienne Delessert, Dave deVries, Gary Kelley, and Murray Tinkelman in illustration; Joan Braderman, Francesc Torres, and Su Friedrich in video; Annette Lemieux and Cornelia Parker in experimental studio; Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell, Jan Baker, Bethany Johns, Paul Khera and Maria Beddoes, Akiko Busch, Robert L. Peters, and Mark Randall in visual communication design; and Timothy Druckrey, Julia Scher, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy and George Fifield in media arts.