How Mickalene Thomas, Bernard Lumpkin, and Carmine Boccuzzi Are Changing Art School for the Better

Bernard Lumpkin, Mickalene Thomas, and Carmine Boccuzzi at the couple’s home, with a piece from Thomas’s MFA thesis, Mary J. Me, 2002, on the wall.

Art school is a rite of passage for many promising talents, but the experience can often feel more like a dry run of the competitive art-world gauntlet than a safe haven for self-discovery and creative evolution. This year, three Yale alumni—attorney Carmine Boccuzzi, arts patron Bernard Lumpkin, and artist Mickalene Thomas—have committed to fostering the latter experience at their alma mater.

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