Lawrence R. Rinder Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies

Lawrence R. Rinder has been appointed to the newly created position of dean of graduate studies, effective August 15, 2004. Rinder is currently Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In his new position at CCA, Rinder will oversee the college's graduate division, which includes programs in architecture, curatorial practice, design, fine arts, visual criticism, and writing. CCA currently enrolls 189 graduate students.

Rinder will continue as adjunct curator at the Whitney Museum. He is currently organizing a mid-career survey of the work of Los Angeles–based artist Tim Hawkinson, scheduled to open in February 2005. His future plans also call for a number of independent curatorial projects.

"We are delighted to welcome Larry back to the Bay Area and back to California College of the Arts," commented CCA president Michael Roth. "Our graduate programs have grown significantly over the last few years, and we are particularly excited about the ways in which the different programs interact with one another. As CCA enters a dynamic new phase, academic vision for the graduate division is increasingly important. With his extensive knowledge of contemporary art practice and proven leadership experience, Larry is the ideal person to guide this effort. Through his work at the Berkeley Art Museum, at CCA, and at the Whitney, he has made significant contributions to understanding contemporary visual culture and galvanizing support for some of its most interesting artists and designers. We look forward to a long and rewarding association."

"California College of the Arts is distinguished by a dual commitment to intellect and innovation," said Rinder. "With its unique combination of programs and forward-looking faculty, CCA is poised to become the leading American art college of the 21st century. I look forward to working with colleagues and students who are pushing the boundaries of cultural possibility."

Rinder was appointed Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in May 2000. Recent exhibitions at the Whitney include "The American Effect," an exploration of global perceptions of America in art made since 1990. He was chief curator of the 2002 Whitney Biennial, served as an advisor on the 1991 and 1993 Biennials, and was one of six curators of the 2000 Biennial.

Prior to his position at the Whitney, Rinder was founding director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. While at the college, he organized several exhibitions, including the groundbreaking "Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium" (1999) and "Fabrice Hybert: At Your Own Risk" (1999).

From 1988 to 1998, he worked at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM) in a variety of positions including curator of 20th-century art and curator of the museum's MATRIX program, an ongoing series of contemporary art exhibitions. Among the many exhibitions he organized for BAM are "Louise Bourgeois: Drawings" (1996), "In a Different Light" (1995) and "Andrea Fraser: Aren't They Lovely?" (1992).

Rinder received a BA in art from Reed College and an MA in art history from Hunter College. He has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley and Deep Springs College and is currently adjunct professor of art history and archaeology at Columbia University.