From left, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Stony Brook Southampton Associate Provost Robert Reeves, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Rich Gelfond, Renaissance Technologies founder James Simons.

From left, President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., Stony Brook Southampton Associate Provost Robert Reeves, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Rich Gelfond, Renaissance Technologies founder James Simons.

Dorothy Lichtenstein is widely known for her position as President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, established after her artist husband’s death in 1997 to facilitate access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time. One of the most influential and innovative artists of the late twentieth century, Roy Lichtenstein originated the Pop Art movement that altered the history of modern art.  Dorothy Lichtenstein also serves as a board member or trustee of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Trisha Brown Dance Company, MASS MoCa, and The Parrish Art Museum.

Led by Associate Provost Robert Reeves, the Stony Brook Southampton creative writing and film programs gather together graduate and undergraduate storytellers pursuing a broad variety of outlets, under the mentorship of a renowned faculty of working professionals.

Creative writing students cultivate their craft by developing original work, while also acquiring the necessary skills to pursue and succeed in their vocation as independent, imaginative poets and authors.   Students in the University’s graduate digital film program, the first in the SUNY history,  focus on screenwriting, writing for television, direction and producing, and gain real-world, hands-on experience with Christine Vachon and her award-winning independent production company Killer Films and other affiliate film production companies.

The impact of Stony Brook Southampton programs is reflected in the accomplishments of its alumni in publishing, filmmaking, playwriting and academia, including New York Times best-selling author Helen Simonson ‘08, James Hearst Poetry Prize winner Jordan Franklin ‘17, Stony Brook Assistant Professor in Writing and Rhetoric, poet Michelle Whittaker ‘11, and Women in Film and Video: New England Grand Prize winner Tracy M. King-Sanchez ‘12.

In addition to degree and certificate programs, Stony Brook Southampton also presents the celebrated Summer Writers Conference, publishes a renowned literary journal, TSR: The Southampton Review, and manages a wide range of innovative creative writing and film programs including: The Young Artists and Writers Project; The Children Lit Fellows Program; The Audio Podcast Fellows Program; Women in Film Writers Workshop;  BookEnds Post-MFA Manuscript Development; Writers Speak Public Lecture Programs and the Artists-in-Residence Program.

Featured Image Photo Caption: Stars of Stony Brook Gala honoree Dorothy Lichtenstein, center, is joined by, from left, CBS newswoman Jane Pauley, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., and Stony Brook Foundation Chair Rich Gelfond