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1973 Class Correspondent: Peter Hicks 65 High Meadow Road Hamden, CT 06517 203-288-4044 e-mail: John Persse 115 Deepwood Drive Hamden, CT 06517 203-562-5680 e-mail:

Our condolences to Peter Hicks, whose mother, r Helen Mullican Hicks, died on Dec. 5, 2010, and to Peter Bigwood, whose mother, r Jill Bigwood, died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Our condolences also to Robert MoultonEly whose brother, r Richard Ely ’61, died on Jan. 7, 2011.

1974 The Class of 1974 needs a class correspondent. If you are willing to take on the job, please contact Amy Caplan in the alumnae/i office at

1975 Class Correspondent: Jessica Drury 307 Hamilton Road Ridgewood, NJ N 07450-1119 201-493-9124 e-mail:

Our condolences to Joan Bigwood King, whose mother, r Jill Bigwood, died on Sept. 13, 2010, and father, r Guy Bigwood, died on Jan. 2, 2011. Our sympathy also goes out to Anne Hoskins Emmet, whose mother, r Nancy Hoskins, died on Aug. 24, 2010. Bo Sandine has moved closer to sister Lisa Sandine Schuba ’83 and is living in Durango, CO, as senior product marketing manager at Mercury Payment Systems.


John Zinsser ’76 — Writing, Painting Drawing, Teaching John Zinsser “considered [himself] to be a famous artist from an early age.” He recalls walking around New Haven with this attitude and laughs: “I don’t even know if I’m famous now! Maybe I’m delusional!” A glance at Zinsser’s biography suggests he is far from mad. With exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Germany, and Belgium, John has shown his work all over the world. A plethora of permanent collections, including the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Yale University Art Gallery, boast Zinsser originals as well. John remembers visiting the Yale gallery often: “I feel very connected to their collection. And now I’m in it!” In the early ’70s, John’s father, noted author William Zinsser, took a job at Yale and moved his family of New Yorkers to New Haven. John entered Foote in the fourth grade: “One thing that struck me about my Foote experience was the kids and the remarkable friendships I had at the time ... There was an independent streak I shared with other kids, a knowing who we were at an early age.” Upon graduating from Yale University in 1983, John moved back to Manhattan, where he quickly became involved in an emerging East Village art scene. In 1987, he co-founded the Journal of Contemporary Art and began interviewing artists whose work he found interesting. He also wrote for Art in America. During those years he began developing his own painting style, experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques. In 1989, he had his first exhibition at Soho’s Julian Pretto Gallery. John Zinsser is primarily an abstract painter, although he explains occasionally tripping over this label: “I am strongly interested in subject matter, just not in depicting it traditionally.” His paintings balance an enamel-based, industrial palette in the background with an oil-based, fine arts palette in the foreground. John chuckles, “I do now what is considered ‘American Painting.’ ” Currently, he strives to “let my character and humor come across in both my art and my writing.” His most recent show, Art Dealer Archipelagos, maps the post-war American art world through drawings that posit galleries as countries and artists as places. Shown at John Graham & Sons, the second-oldest gallery in New York, the exhibition was a huge success, landing a review in the New York Times. John comments, “The art world loves anything about themselves!” Currently, John and his family live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Writing, painting, drawing, and teaching (at the New School and the New York Academy of Art), he seems to lead the life he imagined for himself: “I always knew I would do something artrelated.” While at Foote, John’s direction was clear. He remembers: “I drew a lot in the fifth grade. I mastered the perfect chopper, like the one Peter Fonda has in Easy Rider. … It won me a lot of respect from my peers. It did not win me a lot from my teachers, however, because it usually happened during math class!” View John’s work at — Liz Antle ’98

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Foote Prints Winter-Spring 2011  

Foote Alumni Magazine - Winter Spring 2011

Foote Prints Winter-Spring 2011  

Foote Alumni Magazine - Winter Spring 2011