The students who begin art school at the University of Washington next year will find themselves in a changed program. Today, UW announced five new faculty hires, in photomedia, sculpture (called "3D4M"), art history, industrial design, and human-computer interaction design. At least three of the positions replace longtime professors whose presences shaped what it meant to get an education in art at UW: Akio Takamori, Paul Berger, and Pat Failing.
And the incomers are:
•Adair Rounthwaite, an art historian most recently at McGill University in Montreal, who specializes in contemporary participatory, performance, and feminist art;
•Jason Germany, an industrial designer from the University of Oregon.
•Justin Hamacher, who, before this, worked in Silicon Valley for a design company that helped start-ups and Fortune 100 companies by "championing users and advocating for sensible aesthetics and ease of use in the technological space" (he also plays in a self-described post-punk/punk band called Biography of Ferns).
That was a mouthful. I'm working on getting to know more about these new profs and their intentions in the coming days, if they'll agree to interviews with me. Here's hoping.