Graduate Art Department

Untitled by Shane Abad (GART 2002). Untitled by Shane Abad (GART 2002). All I Know So Far by Lynn Aldrich (GART 1986). Subdivision by Lynn Aldrich (GART 1986). Untitled by Andy Alexander (GART 1999). Untitled by Craig Ashby (GART 1997). On Chair by Lisa Auerbach (GART 1994). Not Rocket Science by David Bailey (GART 1995). Stills by David Bailey (GART 1995). Installation detail by David Bailey (GART 1995). Installation view by Thomas Baldwin (GART 1995). Japanese Temple Landscapes by Thomas Baldwin (GART 1995). Untitled by Lynne Baxter (GART 1989). Installation view by Lynne Baxter (GART 1989). Photo Essay with Magnifying Glasses in and About Eastern Europe by Marcie Begleiter (GART 1990). In Between the Shadows by Peter Benarcik (GIDP 1998). Untitled by Liz Bentel (GART 1999). Untitled by Liz Bentel (GART 1999). Untitled by Liz Bentel (GART 1999). From an Untitled Landscape by Matthew Betcher (GART 1999).
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Graduate Art Department


  • 1986 (Creation)


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The Graduate Art Department was officially formed in 1986 under the direction of then Dean of Humanities, Richard Hertz. Prior to 1986 the school offered a master's degree, but it was structured on a one-on-one apprentice approach. Under Hertz the program was based on both studio and rigorous theoretical coursework. Hertz came to Art Center with a doctorate in philosophy from UCLA. Hertz invited Sande Cohen, who also came from UCLA, to teach the critical theory coursework. In the early 1990s the widely known French theoretician Sylvere Lotringer joined the program. Lotringer founded the radical journal Semiotext(e), and is widely credited for introducing so-called French Theory into the American art world.

According to the 2006 brochure, Graduate Art was established in 1986.

Richard Hertz (1986 -2002)
Stephen Prina (acting 2002-2003)
Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe (acting 2003-circa 2005) (2005-2014)
Diana Thater (2014 - )
Jason Smith (Associate Chair, 2014 - present)
Bruce Hainley ( )

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The Graduate Art Department fonds is a top level archival unit that encompasses everything in the Archives created by the Graduate Art department. Under the fonds-level are the following collections: Graduate Art collection of documents, Photograph collection, Video collection, and the Graduate student thesis collection. The video collection contains videotaped guest lectures from a seminar class from 1986 to the present.

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Copyright held by Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, Calif.)

Digital materials and catalog records are made available for educational and research purposes only and cannot be reproduced, distributed, or published without written permission from Art Center College of Design.

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