William Bryant’s Son Graduates From Dartmouth

Painting titled "A Unique View of Baker Tower"

“A Unique View of Baker Tower” by artist and Dartmouth grad William Bryant, Jr.

William Bryant‘s (Enterprise Services) son recently graduated with honors from Dartmouth University with a degree in Art and a minor in Geography. Former Academic Technology Services director Alan Cattier wrote a recommendation for William, Jr. to help him gain admission to Alan’s alma mater.

Currently, William, Jr. is a teaching assistant for the Dartmouth art department. He intends to pursue his Master’s of the Arts at either Brown or Tulane.

The following is an excerpt from an article that was published in the Dartmouth University blog about William Bryant, Jr. on July 23, 2013:

Each year, graduating studio art students remain in Hanover for a year to build their portfolios and work as teaching assistants. This year, the department selected Lexi Campbell ’13, Lin Bo ’13, William Bryant ’13, Luca Molnar ’13 and Sabrina Yegela ’13 for its program.

The time spent focused on art will prepare the interns for future pursuits.

[William] Bryant uses oil paintings to highlight campus and American social issues. In a recent work, “Dartmouth has a problem,” Bryant depicted Baker Tower at night. Around the white tower, dark words invoke rape, homophobia and racism. The Art Acquisition Program also purchased this work for a residence hall.

Bryant’s exhibit in the Barrows Rotunda at the Hopkins Center, on display through Sept. 1, focuses on the importance of “pushing hard” for immigration reform, he said.

On one side of Bryant’s display, blue letters spell “WHAT Happened To” above lines of “Give me your tired, your poor” and “All men are created equal.” Diagonal stripes of red, white and blue fade below the text, whose capital letters point in jagged text.

“Whatever happened to us being a country of immigrants?” Bryant asked. “The exhibit’s my reflection on what’s going on essentially. I’m putting that out there on display.”

[written by Charlene Minaya, Dartmouth University]

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