Robert Ransick is an artist, designer and educator. He draws inspiration from the social and political world we live in, history, and the potential for a future that is better. After the economic collapse of 2008 and Occupy Wall Street, he enrolled as an MBA in Sustainability student to research the systems that fueled the catastrophic events. His interest in social justice, public engagement, local economies, and the generative power of creativity to affect change made this a natural place for him to acquire new knowledge and skills. He believes that systemic shifts in methodology and ethos have the potential to redefine the roles of producer and consumer and their shared responsibilities to each other and the environment.
His creative work has been exhibited in both national and international venues including Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Exit Art, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New Museum, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy, among others. He has received funding from Franklin Furnace, the Mellon Foundation, the Boomerang Fund for Artists and the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. He has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). He has collaborated with Creative Time, the Aperture Foundation, and Blind Spot.
Alongside his work as an artist, he has held leadership positions in academic and private settings including as director of both the computing and photography departments at The New School for Social Research in New York. He is currently a fulltime faculty member at Bennington College where he teaches courses in digital arts, social practices, and creative entrepreneurship within the Visual Arts program and Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA).
He holds a BFA in Photography, with honors, from the School of Visual Arts, an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.
Ransick divides his time between New York City and Bennington, VT.
He is an Eyebeam Research Resident Mentor for 2016-2017.
Full CV is available upon request.