Honorary Degree Recipients

Howard Caygill

Award Date:
2016

HOWARD CAYGILL is a philosopher and cultural historian who was educated at Bristol, Sussex and Oxford Universities in the UK. Most recently serving on the faculties of Goldsmiths, Kingston and Paris VIII, Howard Caygill is the author of several acclaimed books including A Kant Dictionary, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance and most recently Kafka: In Light of the Accident. He is currently working on the philosophy and aesthetics of the anthropocene and the role of philosophy in curating and interpreting the art produced by inmates of mental hospitals during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He lives between Athens and Barton-on-Sea on the coast of England.

Howard Caygill

Award Date:
2016

HOWARD CAYGILL is a philosopher and cultural historian who was educated at Bristol, Sussex and Oxford Universities in the UK. Most recently serving on the faculties of Goldsmiths, Kingston and Paris VIII, Howard Caygill is the author of several acclaimed books including A Kant Dictionary, Walter Benjamin: The Colour of Experience, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance and most recently Kafka: In Light of the Accident. He is currently working on the philosophy and aesthetics of the anthropocene and the role of philosophy in curating and interpreting the art produced by inmates of mental hospitals during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He lives between Athens and Barton-on-Sea on the coast of England.

Giuliana Bruno

Award Date:
2020

Giuliana Bruno of Harvard University is internationally known for her interdisciplinary research on visual arts, architecture and media. Her book Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film (Verso, 2002) won the Kraszna-Krausz prize in Culture and History for best Moving Image Book in the world. Bruno is also the author of Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton University Press, 1993), winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies book award, and Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (MIT, 2007), and has contributed to numerous monographs on contemporary art, published by the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Her latest book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014), revisits the impact of surface and materiality in contemporary art and visual culture.

Giuliana Bruno

Award Date:
2020

Giuliana Bruno of Harvard University is internationally known for her interdisciplinary research on visual arts, architecture and media. Her book Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture and Film (Verso, 2002) won the Kraszna-Krausz prize in Culture and History for best Moving Image Book in the world. Bruno is also the author of Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton University Press, 1993), winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies book award, and Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (MIT, 2007), and has contributed to numerous monographs on contemporary art, published by the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Her latest book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014), revisits the impact of surface and materiality in contemporary art and visual culture.

Curlee Raven Holton

Award Date:
2018

Long known as a leading Master Printmaker, Professor Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world, and his paintings, drawings, and prints are held major museums and collections in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent solo exhibition, Journey: The Artistry of Curlee Raven Holton, was held at the University of Maryland University College.

Curlee Raven Holton

Award Date:
2018

Long known as a leading Master Printmaker, Professor Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world, and his paintings, drawings, and prints are held major museums and collections in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent solo exhibition, Journey: The Artistry of Curlee Raven Holton, was held at the University of Maryland University College.

Gianni Vattimo

Award Date:
2018

One of Italy's greatest living philosophers, Gianni Vattimo is the author of Art's Claim to Truth, Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy, and Farewell to Truth, to name but a few of his many publications. He served as a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.

Gianni Vattimo

Award Date:
2018

One of Italy's greatest living philosophers, Gianni Vattimo is the author of Art's Claim to Truth, Of Reality: The Purposes of Philosophy, and Farewell to Truth, to name but a few of his many publications. He served as a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.

Carl Lawrence Decker and Carol A. Scribner

Award Date:
2017

As a couple Carl Lawrence Decker and Carol Scribner have devoted their lives to the worldwide advancement of art and knowledge.

Carl Lawrence Decker and Carol A. Scribner

Award Date:
2017

As a couple Carl Lawrence Decker and Carol Scribner have devoted their lives to the worldwide advancement of art and knowledge.

Alison Hildreth

Award Date:
2017

Leading Maine painter, printmaker, and installation artist Alison Hildreth shows at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine. Her works are collected in the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Wellesley College, Smith College, and the Boston Public Library.

Alison Hildreth

Award Date:
2017

Leading Maine painter, printmaker, and installation artist Alison Hildreth shows at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine. Her works are collected in the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Wellesley College, Smith College, and the Boston Public Library.

Hank Willis Thomas

Award Date:
2017

A photo conceptual artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Hank Willis Thomas

Award Date:
2017

A photo conceptual artist who has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Power Boothe

Award Date:
2016

Painter, Professor of Art, Former Dean, Hartford Art School, represented in Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.

Power Boothe

Award Date:
2016

Painter, Professor of Art, Former Dean, Hartford Art School, represented in Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.

Joyce Kozloff

Award Date:
2016

American artist, feminist, founding member of the Heresies Collective. Represented in Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jewish Museum, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Joyce Kozloff

Award Date:
2016

American artist, feminist, founding member of the Heresies Collective. Represented in Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jewish Museum, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Deborah Willis

Award Date:
2016

Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator, photographic historian, and author. She is University Professor and Chair of Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She received her PhD from George Mason University and her MFA from Pratt Institute.

Deborah Willis

Award Date:
2016

Deborah Willis is a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator, photographic historian, and author. She is University Professor and Chair of Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow, as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award. She received her PhD from George Mason University and her MFA from Pratt Institute.

Ted Coons

Award Date:
2016

Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics. As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.).  There, however, he became interested in what impact the temporal form of a composition has on the feelings of an audience. He soon switched his career goals and ultimately received his Ph.D. in what is now known as systems neuroscience.

Ted Coons

Award Date:
2016

Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics. As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.).  There, however, he became interested in what impact the temporal form of a composition has on the feelings of an audience. He soon switched his career goals and ultimately received his Ph.D. in what is now known as systems neuroscience.

Ewa Ziarek

Award Date:
2016

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Ewa Ziarek

Award Date:
2016

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.