“History-making alumna artist Barbara Chase-Riboud recalls her road to Yale”

Date: December 2019
Skills: Writing
Client: Yale School of Art

Photo by Ronghui Chen.

Barbara Chase-Riboud, the Yale School of Art’s first known African-American woman MFA graduate, returned to Yale for the first time as the honorary speaker of the School’s 150th year. She spoke with Yale professor of poetry, Claudia Rankine, and the School of Art’s first woman dean, Marta Kuzma, in a public conversation I covered for Yale News.


“I had this sense of justice,” said acclaimed artist, writer, and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud ’60 M.F.A. in a recent talk on campus. “I had this sense of what was right, and what was just, and what was proper: to expect other people to hear me, to expect other people to listen to me, to expect other people to acknowledge me.”

Throughout an artistic career that spans nearly eight decades, Chase-Riboud has both…

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