Arts Department

Rensselaer's Department of the Arts is generally considered to be the first integrated electronic arts program within a research university in the United States. Founded in 1972, the department initiated the inclusion of electronic media in 1981.The department features an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the arts with a focus on the use of experimental and electronic media in artistic creation and performance. The work of the department's distinguished faculty and alumni are represented internationally in museums, galleries, festivals, publications, and performances.
 
The department and studios have historically been referred to as iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer). A leader in multimedia arts education, the department's MFA in Electronic Arts was created in 1991 and, in collaboration with Rensselaer's Department of Language, Literature and Communication, the BS in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) was established in 1996. A multi-departmental BS in Information Technology (IT) was instituted in 1998 and in 2002, a BS in Electronic Arts (EARTS) was introduced. In 2007, a multi-departmental BS in Games and Simulation Arts and Science (GSAS) enrolled its first students and a doctorate in the electronic arts was inaugurated. One of the first PhDs of its kind, this program expands the traditions of arts pedagogy through interdisciplinary research in contemporary media theory, practice, and production. The iEAR studios provide specialized facilities for students, faculty and visiting artists to engage in individual and collaborative research projects.
 
iEAR Presents! is a series of public performances, exhibitions, screenings and lectures dealing with innovative aesthetic, cultural, and technical explorations of experimental media and electronic arts. Curated by Arts Department faculty, iEAR Presents! seeks to bring artists into a creative dialogue with the Rensselaer community and the general public.

 

All Steinway School

An All-Steinway School

Roots of Africa Music Ensemble
October 25, 2017 7:00 PM
Academy Hall Auditorium

Professor Ade Knowles leads the Roots of Africa Music Ensemble as they continue chasing the rhythms with their first performance of the semester at Academy Hall, start time 7:00 pm.

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Arts PhD Student Co-Hosts Environmental Performance Agency Fall Summit 9/23

The EPA Summit is cross-disciplinary gathering bringing together artists, thinkers, scientists and others in the fields of urban ecology, art, dance, movement and performance to explore the possibility of embodied research, and the value of urban weeds as collaborators, guides and mentors. Co-hosted by Catherine Grau, Arts PhD student Ellie Irons, andrea haenggi, Christopher Kennedy, and the plants of 1067 Pacific Street.

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The EPA Summit is cross-disciplinary gathering bringing together artists, thinkers, scientists and others in the fields of urban ecology, art, dance, movement and performance to explore the possibility of embodied research, and the value of urban weeds as collaborators, guides and mentors. Co-hosted by Catherine Grau, Arts PhD student Ellie Irons, andrea haenggi, Christopher Kennedy, and the plants of 1067 Pacific Street.


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Audition Info for Rensselaer Orchestra, Chamber Music Ensemble & Concert Choir

Fall 2017 auditions will be held in West Hall room 206

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Fall 2017 auditions will be held in West Hall room 206


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HASS-Led Team Wins $64K NEH Grant for "Building a Humanities Minor: Construction and Critique in Digital Technology"

Winning propsal team includes Arts Associate Professor Shawn Lawson and Lecturer Silvia Ruzanka

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Winning propsal team includes Arts Associate Professor Shawn Lawson and Lecturer Silvia Ruzanka


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