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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has selected Sanjit Sethi to serve as its next President, effective July 15, 2019.

Sethi is an artist and academic who most recently directed the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University (GWU). During his tenure at the Corcoran, Sethi oversaw the reincarnation of a historic art and design college at a major research university. Among his many accomplishments, Sethi moved the college across the traditional boundaries of higher education to invest in creative partnerships. Sethi launched new degree programs such as an MA in Interaction Design with both a public policy and social entrepreneurial track, and an MFA in Social Practices/Public Policy in collaboration with the Trachtenberg School for Public Policy. In addition to academic and programmatic stewardship at the Corcoran, Sethi worked closely with architects, contractors and GWU administrators on the $47.5 million renovation of the school’s historic Flagg building.

Prior to the Corcoran, Sethi served in a variety of arts leadership positions, including Director of the MFA program at the Memphis College of Art; Director of the Center for Art and Public Life, Barclay Simpson Professor, and Chair of Community Arts at the California College of the Arts; and Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute. Sethi received a BFA from Alfred University, an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia, and he holds an MS in Advanced Visual Studies from MIT. Sethi has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright fellowship in Bangalore, India. As an artist and curator, Sethi’s work has spanned different media and geographies. Past works include the Kuni Wada Bakery Remembrance; Richmond Voting Stories; the Gypsy Bridge project. Recent curatorial projects have included Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers and the upcoming exhibition, 6.13.89 The Cancelling of the Mapplethorpe Exhibition. Additionally, Sethi is currently working on the Portland Hospice Potters Network and a body of paintings and drawings—the Delta Series.

Sheryl Ash led this search with Ben Tobin and Carrie Alexander.


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