Obituary: Carol Schlosberg

Carol Jayne Schlosberg, 40, artist and painter, died Sunday, March 29, in Puerto Escondido, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. An alumna of Yale School of Art (M.F.A. 1992), she taught at the school from 1993-1995. She worked in New Haven for John Gambell Graphic Design from 1995 and was active in the art world in New England and New York.

Ms. Schlosberg was murdered while walking on a Mexican beach where she had gone for vacation.

Her work – textured, abstract, sometimes geometric, sometimes free-form – has been shown in group exhibitions in Connecticut and Massachusetts, most notably in the New Talent show at Alpha Gallery in Boston. She exhibited in solo shows at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Mass., and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, Conn.

Born June 14, 1957, in Newtown, Mass., Ms. Schlosberg grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. As an undergraduate at Montserrat College of Art, she was the 1989 recipient of an Ellen Battell Stoeckel fellowship for study at the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Conn. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1990 and moved to New Haven, where she lived until October 1997, when she moved to Vermont. At Yale, she studied with some of the most distinguished contemporary American artists, including William Bailey, Gregory Amernoff, Andrew Forge, Natalie Charkow and Richard Lytle.

“All of us at the Yale School of Art are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Carol Schlosberg,” said Dean Richard Benson. “She will always be remembered by those who knew her for the warmth of her personality, the helpfulness of her nature and the strength of her work as an artist. She studied at Yale and then remained in the community, and her death strikes us as though a beloved family member had suddenly been taken away. Our sympathies go out to her family, and we fervently hope that those responsible for this tragedy are brought to justice.”

“Carol was respected by her peers and by the faculty,” said David Pease, former dean of the Art School and professor of painting. “She was quite a remarkable young woman. She was focused, ambitious in her art, and quiet, but not without tremendous inner strength. We got a lot more from her than we gave.”

John Hull, director of the art division of the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art and former Yale School of Art faculty member, said, “She was a teaching assistant of mine. I admired and loved her. I learned a lot from her when we worked together. It’s hard for a young teacher to have a light hand when critiquing students. I learned from her how to be critical in a sensitive way. She was a terrific painter and a wonderful person. We were all fortunate to know her.” Hull is chair of the Fine Arts Department at the University of Colorado.

Ms. Schlosberg is survived by her parents, Robert and Jane Schlosberg of Scottsdale, Arizona; a sister, Lynda Bazin of Carlisle, Massachusetts; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held in Wellesley, Massachusetts, at a date to be announced.

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