E. E. Ikeler

BFA, The Cooper Union. MFA, Yale University School of Art. Ikeler has had solo exhibitions at Hemphill Fine Arts (Washington, DC), Jeff Bailey Gallery (Hudson, NY), Mulherin (Toronto, Canada), and Kent Place (Summit, NJ) and has also exhibited at Pazo Fine Art (Kensington, MD); Essex Flowers, EFA Project Space, and Abrons Art Center (NY, NY); and Yve Yang Gallery (Boston, MA). Recipient of a Leroy Neiman Foundation Summer Fellowship at Ox-Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI) and a Yale FLAGS Award, a Helen Watson Winternitz Award, and a Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship (all Yale University, 2015). SLC, 2022–

Previous Courses

Visual and Studio Arts

Creative Research

Open, Concept—Spring

For artists, research isn’t an activity exclusively for the library. Research can happen while flipping through a family photo album, visiting a museum, taking a long walk, or any other activity that happens as a result of developing a curious mind. This course is designed to help students cultivate a productive relationship to research from the point of view of an artist. We will regard the concept of “research” as an expansive practice that enriches, rather than limits, the artistic process. Students will build historical and personal context for their pursuits to better understand their interests and goals. As a result, we will increase our understanding of our relationship to the world and develop concrete strategies for actively inviting inspiration rather than waiting for it passively.


Surface and Substance: Painting With Acrylic

Sophomore and Above, Seminar—Fall and Spring

In this course, students will develop a personal relationship to painting by cultivating an understanding of what is uniquely interesting to them and by experimenting with different approaches to painting. Technical instruction will cover the materials and techniques of acrylic painting, including transparency and opacity, hard-edge shape, texture, paint mixing, and color theory. Together, we will learn the process through which a painting is made. That includes developing the concept, gathering visual reference material, creating sketches, making tests, and experimentation. Students will compile a personal archive of source imagery and develop individual themes and languages in their paintings. Emphasis will be on the development of a personal relationship to one's medium and imagery.