Professor Hal Foster

Professor Hal Foster - Honorary Doctor

A global voice in contemporary art history and criticism, Professor Hal Foster completed a practitioner-in-residency at Camberwell College of Arts in 2014.

Hal Foster says he has New York to thank for the education it gave him outside of his formal study. His time on the intellectual scene of the late 1970s in New York prepared him well for a career as a leading art critic and historian.

Following four years as Director of Critical & Curatorial Studies on the Whitney Museum’s influential Independent Study Program, Foster moved to Cornell University, then to Berkeley College and finally to Princeton University. During this time, he published many of his most highly-regarded works, including The Return of the Real with MIT Press in 1996. His most recent work, Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency, was released in September 2015 to critical acclaim.

In recognition of his writing, Foster was awarded the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing by the Clark Art Institute in 2010, and the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism by the College Art Association in 2012.

Now Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, Foster continues his life as a global voice in contemporary art history and criticism. In 2003 he was made the Paul Mellon Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, and in 2010 he was made Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Foster was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 1999 and in 2011 he was the Siemens Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

In 2014, Foster completed a practitioner-in-residency at Camberwell College of Arts.

Learn more about Hal Foster's work at princeton.edu