Tribute to Kathryn Hixson, educator and art critic

From Anne Wilson:

As friends and colleagues of Kathryn Hixson, it is with deep sadness that Joan Livingstone and I write you.  Kathryn died of unknown natural causes on November 7.  A memorial on December 14 is being planned at SAIC, open to everyone, details forthcoming. We invite students, artists and colleagues associated with Kathryn to contribute to a compilation of voices in tribute to Kathryn’s life and work. These texts will be printed and made available at the public memorial.

Please respond no later than December 1, with thanks.


Kathryn Hixson was a dedicated teacher and student advocate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as other institutions in Chicago and beyond.  If you have been a student of Kathryn’s and wish to contribute a reflection about her, or your experience working with her, please send your comments to me:   Remember to include your first and last name, name of  institution, and your year of graduation or expected graduation.

–Anne Wilson


Kathryn Hixson touched many of our lives not only personally, but professionally as well, through the significant reviews and essays she wrote about our work. The first review of my work that was both insightful and challenging, critically succinct and timely, was written by Kathryn for Arts Magazine in 1990. Twenty years later I still find her words meaningful and to have deep relevance to my practice. If you have had a similar experience that you would like to share, please send brief comments and a copy of the review/essay or a reference to it to me:

–Joan Livingstone