Bryan Rogers

Bryan Rogers, Professor, School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
Dean, School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Bryan Rogers served as head of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University from 1988 through 1999. Prior to that, he was professor of art at San Francisco State University, where he founded the Conceptual Design Program. Rogers has also held appointments at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. and the University of California at Berkeley. From 1982 to 1985, he was editor of the international art-science-technology journal Leonardo. He completed a year of post-graduate work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich on a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He has also held fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

At Carnegie Mellon, Rogers led the development of a number of innovative programs in art and design, stressing the importance of connections to other fields of inquiry. As founding director of the Studio for Creative Inquiry, an interdisciplinary outreach center dedicated to fostering ambitious, experimental, advanced-technology projects in the arts, he significantly strengthened Carnegie Mellon’s interactions with regional and international communities. He also served as principal investigator on major NSF and NASA supported projects.

At Michigan, Rogers has led the complete restructuring of the educational programs within the School of Art and Design. A major thrust of this effort has been to firmly engage the School with the University and the broader community, both local and global. Focused on creative work and infused with contemporary information and imaging technologies, the new programs endeavor to unite the domains of art-making and designing.

In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Rogers is a sculptor and installation artist whose work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally. His work explores conceptual intersections of art, science and technology, often manifesting in complex, interactive installations of kinetic objects.