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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MFA Students Jeremy Stewart and david allen Collaborate with Dancers and Engineers to Win "Most Creative Hack" Award

At MIT's Hacking Arts 2014 held October 3rd, MFA graduate students Jeremy Stewart and david allen helped form team "Harlequin" around the idea of creating an art installation which would allow viewers to navigate entire databases of corporeal images using only body movement as an interface.

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At MIT's Hacking Arts 2014 held October 3rd, MFA graduate students Jeremy Stewart and david allen helped form team "Harlequin" around the idea of creating an art installation which would allow viewers to navigate entire databases of corporeal images using only body movement as an interface.


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Kingston N.Y. Festival of the Arts Features Professor Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros

On August 31, 2014, Professor Ade Knowles will lead Ensemble Congeros in a performance at the Kingston Festival of the Arts. 

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On August 31, 2014, Professor Ade Knowles will lead Ensemble Congeros in a performance at the Kingston Festival of the Arts. 


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Ade Knowles with the Electric City Afro-Cuban Quartet

On August 27, 2014, Ade Knowles, Professor of Practice in the Arts Department, is scheduled to perform with the Electric City Afro-Cuban Quartet at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant in Schenectady, New York.

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On August 27, 2014, Ade Knowles, Professor of Practice in the Arts Department, is scheduled to perform with the Electric City Afro-Cuban Quartet at Johnny’s Italian Restaurant in Schenectady, New York.


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