Dear Art Department Community

This has been a big year for the Art Department! Enrollment continues to increase with 2,519 undergraduate students this year compared to 1,808 students back in 2013. Professors Yeohyun Ahn in Graphic Design and Tomiko Jones in Photography joined the faculty along...

From the Chair

While I remember where and when I came to possess most of my books and other written and printed ephemera, there are some that I simply cannot recall the path by which they came to be on my shelf. Often, like in this moment, I look for a book that I know I have but...

From the Chair

As spring began this past weekend I was burning off a part of my garden and, in a momentary lapse of focus, the flame from my asparagus patch bit me and quickly regained my attention. The scent of my own burnt hair stayed with me all day, reminding me how important it...

From the Chair

Art, like life, is full of recurring themes, variations on historical models and thematic evolutions. Those moments that create iconic visual images or objects are the very stuff of ephemerality; they are gaussian and recurring, yes, however the dependability of when...

From the Chair

I gave a lecture to my Contemporary Art History class recently called Slippages and Resets: Re-booting Identity and Jump-starting the Art World. It begins with a performative, photographic self-portrait by the artist Renee Cox, Yo Mama, from 1993. It is a self...