Art & Design
Faculty & Staff
With a diverse range of experience, faculty offer a unique perspective to students in their respective fields. The faculty includes winners of the Guggenheim fellowship and represent varied media, approaches, and philosophies. Their work has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide including the Whitney, Met, MoMA, and the Pompidou.
Established in 2011, the Tepper Family Endowed Chair in Visual Arts at Rutgers University is the first of its kind at Mason Gross School of the Arts. The role may be taken on by artists who have demonstrated consistent excellence in their work. While the approaches of each Tepper Chair have been very different, they consistently serve as an inspiration to students as models of artists working at the highest level.
Current Tepper Chair
Park McArthur holds the current Tepper Chair and works with undergraduate and graduate students to explore critical questions about the practical and conceptual decisions artists face in their careers. McArthur is organizing a series of meetings, lectures, seminars, and presentations on campus by an array of dynamic artists, curators, and performers “to rethink the normative presumptions and practices that habituate artists’ relationships to their own self-determination.”
Past Tepper Chairs
Kara Walker recently completed a four-year term within the Department of Art & Design, through spring 2019. At Rutgers she has created a graduate think tank around the themes of “Memory, Monuments and Memorials.” These cohorts have undertaken research projects and trips to Atlanta, Georgia, and New Orleans, Louisiana; published artist books; and hosted public events featuring exhibitions and performances open to all. Professors from around the university have been invited as guest lecturers to the Department of Art & Design in recent years, speaking on a rich array of topics related to this theme of Memory, Monuments and Memorials.
Catherine Murphy was the inaugural Tepper Chair from 2012 to 2015. Her engagement with graduate and undergraduate students took the form of studio visits, group critiques, and guest lectures.
The Tepper Chair in Visual Arts is made possible through the gracious support of Marlene A. Brandt and David A. Tepper.