North Central High School Distinguished Alumnus

W. STANLEY TAFT, JR.

Class of 1964
Inducted 2009

After graduation from North Central, Stanley Taft went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Fort Wright College in Spokane in 1969.

After several years as an instructor at Fort Wright College, he co-founded The Studio School in Spokane and served as an instructor there from 1972-74. Moving to the East Coast, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the State University of New York from 1979-81. He joined the faculty of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1985 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Art. In 2003 he became Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell and served as Interim Dean of the college in 2008.

As an artist, Taft investigates the effects of memory on personal and cultural history through the use of narrative representation as well as abstract imagery. Principally a painter, he also produces sculpture and environmental works.

Taft has co-authored a number of scientific papers including Neutron Induced Autoradiography and Pixe Analysis for the journal Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology III, 1996, and is the co-author of the book, The Science of Paintings (2000). 

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