Represents to me that the biggest ideas rise up from the darkest muck, but ultimate determination is required to prise them loose.
Samuel Messer received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1976 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1982. Public collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute of Chicago, and Yale University Art Gallery.
Awards: Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 1984, the Engelhard Award in 1985, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996. He was appointed senior critic at Yale in 1994 and in 2005 was appointed associate dean and professor (adjunct).