Kathryn Bigelow to Get Honorary Degree from SFAI

Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and curator Paul Schimmel will receive Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI).

Bigelow—an alumnus of SFAI—and Schimmel are both known for their boundary-pushing work.

Bigelow (pictured above) is the director of The Hurt Locker (winner of six 2008 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture), Zero Dark Thirty (nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards), Near Dark, Point Break, Strange Days, and other films.

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Bigelow has also been awarded the Directors Guild of America Award, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Director.

Schimmel, who was the chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) from 1990 until 2012, is known as an intellectual powerhouse and a great storyteller, combining these qualities to curate exhibitions that offer fresh, bold perspectives on contemporary art.

The honorary degrees will be presented at the San Francisco Art Institute commencement ceremony held at Masonic Auditorium at 10 am on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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