Dimitri Hadzi, A’50, was an artist who was known for his abstract and semi-abstract monumental sculptures. Dimitri Hadzi was born in New York. Hadzi entered The Cooper Union after serving in World War II and received a Fulbright Fellowship the year of his graduation. He used the fellowship to study in Greece, and he lived in Rome for 25 years before returning to the US in the mid-1970s.
Hadzi received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and represented the United States at the 1956, 1958 and 1962 Venice Biennales. Among the high profile sites of his public commissions are the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston. From 1975 to 1989, Hadzi served as Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where he was a Professor Emeritus until 2006. His work was widely exhibited in the United States and abroad and is held in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Dimitri Hadzi received the 1976 President’s Citation and the 1989 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award. He entered The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009