Prominent Brooklyn Artist Archie
Rand Joins Brooklyn College as Presidential Professor
Presidential Professor Archie Rand
Renowned painter Archie Rand, who has had more than one hundred solo
exhibitions, has been appointed as the Presidential Professor of Art at
Rand is regarded as both a technical and an iconographic innovator. He
has done significant work as a painter, muralist, graphic artist, illustrator,
and writer. His work is displayed in major museums worldwide, including
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
the Chicago Art Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bibliothèque
Nationale in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
“Brooklyn College is pleased to welcome such an accomplished
artist and educator as Archie Rand,” said President Christoph M.
Kimmich. “Rand is the latest in a long line of distinguished artists
who have taught at the College and his appointment will continue the Art
Department’s tradition of excellence.”
Prior to joining the faculty at Brooklyn College, Rand was one of the
principal architects of the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University,
now considered one of the most prestigious art programs in the country.
Rand served as the department’s chairperson and was honored with
the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Torah Ark at B'Nai Yosef Synagogue,
part of a house of worship near campus that Rand has filled with
The Brooklyn-born Rand received his bachelor of fine arts in cinegraphics
from Pratt Institute. Among his numerous honors is a 1999 Guggenheim Foundation
Fellowship. His two current solo exhibitions in New York are Iconoclast
at the Yeshiva University Museum until October and The Nineteen
at the Hebrew Union College Museum. He has additional solo exhibitions
scheduled for New York, Miami, and throughout Europe during the coming
In joining Brooklyn College, Rand follows some of the most noted
artists of the twentieth century, including painters Mark Rothko, Jimmy
Ernst, Ad Reinhardt, and Clyfford Still; photographers Berenice Abbott
and Walter Rosenblum; sculptor Louise Bourgeois; and the father of contemporary
etching, Stanley William Hayter.
More recently, the Art Department has been the home of Philip Pearlstein,
Lennart Anderson, Lois Dodd, William T. Williams, Allan D’Arcangelo,
and Lee Bontecou.