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Chair's Messageamy adler

It is an exciting time to be a part of the UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts. Having just celebrated our 50th Anniversary, our department is now looking toward the future. We are internationally known for the significant history of our founding faculty who have made a lasting impact on contemporary art and art history as well as on generations of our alumni. As the department moves forward our current faculty include exciting new internationally renowned artists and scholars working in a range of disciplines in the study and practice of art.

The Department of Visual Arts ranks among the world’s leading art schools. Founded on the principle that the production, critical analysis and history of art are inter-related activities, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs in both art practice and art history. Our students are encouraged to collaborate with each other and to work across various disciplines to produce innovative art and research that reflects and challenges current ideas and practices. Our location in San Diego and our proximity to the US border with Mexico as well as the natural resources of the Southern California region have a lasting impact on student experience. Many of our undergraduate students go on to complete graduate degrees at top international institutions. MFA students have opportunities to participate in residencies, exhibitions and events at local, national and international venues. Our PhD students regularly present papers at scholarly conferences and curate exhibitions on and off campus. We are also one of the few departments in the world to offer a PhD in Art History with a Concentration in Art Practice, for working artists who engage with art historical and cultural research. Alumni of our undergraduate and graduate programs go on to impressive careers in the study and practice of visual art.

What ultimately makes our department so exciting is its faculty, its location and its relationship to the greater university. Our faculty and students have the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers in the sciences, engineering, literature, music, philosophy, ethnic studies and all the vast initiatives and resources of such a distinguished institution. We believe that both our students and faculty from across the university benefit from this exchange, which promotes innovative and creative thinking across disciplines.

Amy Adler
Professor and Chair