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.

 

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Parallel Realities at Collar Works: Opening Reception Jan.26th
January 26, 2018 5:00 PM
Collarworks Gallery

RPI arts lecturer Kenneth Ragsdale has curated the exhibition Parallel Realities to be held at Collarworks Gallery in Troy NY from January 26th to March 17th

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GSAS Students' Game is Finalist for Best Student Game at Independent Games Festival

Ben Caulkins, Sam Suite recoginized for their work on IO Interloper

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Ben Caulkins, Sam Suite recoginized for their work on IO Interloper


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Kathy High Talks Bio-Art with The Brooklyn Rail

Interview appears in current issue of the online magazine

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Interview appears in current issue of the online magazine


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Arts faculty, student, and alumni present at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding

Arts Professor Shawn Lawson, PhD student Jeremy Stewart, and PhD Alumnus Ryan Ross Smith will present their work at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding in Morelia, Mexico.

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Arts Professor Shawn Lawson, PhD student Jeremy Stewart, and PhD Alumnus Ryan Ross Smith will present their work at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding in Morelia, Mexico.


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