Announcing two new school directors and more–Herberger Institute highlights from August 2021

World of possibilities

“Design is a way of seeing the world as possibilities. It is asking, ‘What if?’ I am excited to be part of an institution that values design.” — Paola Sanguinetti

Paola Sanguinetti was recently named the new director of The Design School. She is an academic leader, scholar, celebrated teacher and innovator. Her research has examined building systems, additive manufacturing, robotics and design computing in the areas of sustainability, Net-Zero energy, affordability and waste.

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Tools of technology

“We want students to develop fluency of the tools of technology, how to apply them and ask, what are the implications?” — Pavan Turaga

Pavan Turaga has been named director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a collaborative initiative between the Herberger Institute and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. An associate professor in the school and also in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Turaga previously served as interim director of Arts, Media and Engineering.

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Breaking at the Paris Olympics in 2024

Edson “Bboy House” Magana, clinical assistant professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, weighs in on how breaking will be represented in the Paris Olympics in 2024.

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Supporting artists-in-residence in government

Former Herberger Institute Practices for Change fellow Mallory Ruhksana Nezam and Johanna Taylor, director of the Herberger Institute’s Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership program, launched CAIR Lab to support artists-in-residence in government through research, public speaking and launching new programs in collaboration with government. They also released a guide on advancing equity in artists residencies in government. The Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership degree program is part of the National Collaborative for Creative Work. For more updates follow the National Collaborative on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Advancing equity through artists-in-residence guide

Spotlight on alumni

Jacob Meders, who earned a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the School of Art, reflects on the gentrification of Indigenous land and the handling of unwanted Euro-American religious objects in his exhibition “And It’s Built on the Sacred” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California, and he works in several media, including printmaking, weaving and painting.

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By the numbers

This month’s number is 12! ASU Art Museum’s “Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration” features 12 exhibition artist: Carolina Aranibar-Fernández, Juan Brenner, Raven Chacon, Sandra de la Loza, Ashley Hunt, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Michael Rohd, Paul Rucker, Xaviera Simmons, Stephanie Syjuco, Vincent Valdez and Mario Ybarra Jr. The show considers the foundational roots of confinement from philosophical, sociological, theological and art historical perspectives to better understand the fact that today’s mass incarceration crisis is centuries in the making.

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In pictures

School of Art Professor Susan Beiner’s collaborative ceramics course brings together students from the Herberger Institute and School of Life Sciences. The students create pieces inspired by electron microscope photographs, and then they showcase their work in the “Sculpting Science” exhibition.



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