Alumni Spotlight | Amy Goodfellow Wagner (Visual Arts ’76)

Was there a specific faculty member or peer who especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how?
I was honored to have Richard Poussette-Dart as my advisor and mentor. He celebrated the importance of really looking -- within and without -- to discover an artistic voice.
Amy Goodfellow Wagner
How did attending the School of the Arts impact your work and career as an artist?
It was a luxury to be able to spend two years immersed in painting.
What were the most pressing social/political issues on the minds of the students when you were here?
For many of the students: embracing unconventional means of visual expression.
If you could revisit any piece you created during your time at the School of the Arts, which would it be? Why?
I would probably draw more than I did at the time.
What was your favorite or most memorable class while at the School of the Arts?
In terms of a structured class, I most enjoyed taking a graduate level course on Modern Sculpture in the Art History department that was taught by Kirk Varnedoe. I also took a graduate course on Caravaggio from Howard Hibbard, who at the time was probably the world's foremost authority on that great Roman artist.
About Amy Goodfellow Wagner
I am a wife, mother, writer and artist. My work currently explores the geometries of place in intimate oil pastels and oil paintings on paper. While "non-representational," it is based on real world observations.
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