Memorial service to be held on campus for Richard ‘Chip’ Benson

A  photograph of Richard "Chip" Benson.
Richard "Chip" Benson

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, to celebrate the life of former School of Art dean Richard “Chip” Benson, who died in June at the age of 73.

The service will take place at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon) in the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. A reception will follow in the gallery’s Jan and Frederick Mayer Lobby.

Speakers at the event will pay tribute to the former dean and longtime Yale professor, who was known around the world for both his photography and photographic printing techniques. A broad array of Benson’s photographs and book projects will be on view throughout the museum and in special installations in the lobby, the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation Galleries of American Art before 1900, and the James E. Duffy Study Room. Attendees are welcome to linger in the galleries until the museum closes at 5 p.m.

Gifts in memory of Benson can be directed to the School of Art’s Richard “Chip” Benson Scholarship Fund. Contact Susan Sheehan Daniells, director of development at the School of Art, at or 203-432-8187.

In special recognition of gifts of $5,000, $10,000, or more, the Yale University Art Gallery will make a donation of Benson’s groundbreaking publication “Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company” ($5,000+) or a vintage photogravure of Alfred Stieglitz’s “The Steerage” ($10,000+) to a school, library, college, university, or museum of the donor’s choice.