Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss
New Tenure-Track Faculty
Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.
Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.
The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.
Charlotte Cotton, a curator and the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art, is teaching in the Graduate Program in Fine Arts and Photography programs. She has held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Writing and Literature faculty member Juvenal Acosta is the new director of Humanities and Sciences. Acosta began teaching at CCA in 1998 and was chair of the Writing and Literature Program from 2004 to 2008. (He replaces Rachel Schreiber, who recently became dean and vice president for academic affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute.)
David Gissen has taken the reins as interim director of Architecture. A member of CCA’s faculty since 2007, he is a historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. (Former Architecture director Ila Berman accepted the director position at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.)
New Program Chairs
Three academic programs have new chairs:
The Illustration Program is now headed by longtime faculty member Owen Smith. A highly successful practitioner, he’s done 18 covers for the New Yorker as well as covers for Sports Illustrated, Time, and Rolling Stone.