Gunalan Nadarajan


Member, NASAD Board of Directors
Elected October 2019, term ends October 2022

Gunalan Nadarajan is Dean and Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. He has served in a variety of academic roles in teaching, academic administration and research for almost three decades in institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Pennsylvania State University, and Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

His publications include Ambulations (2000), Construction Site (edited; 2004), Contemporary Art in Singapore (co-authored; 2007), Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and Migration of Knowledge (co-edited; 2009), The Handbook of Visual Culture (co-edited; 2012) and over 100 book chapters, catalogue essays, academic articles and reviews. His writings have been translated into 16 languages. He has curated many international exhibitions including Ambulations (Singapore, 1999), 180KG (Jogjakarta, 2002), media_city (Seoul, 2002), Negotiating Spaces (Auckland, 2004), DenseLocal (Mexico City, 2009), Displacements (Beijing, 2014). He was contributing curator for Documenta XI (Kassel, Germany, 2002) and the Singapore Biennale (2006), and has served on the jury of a number of international exhibitions. He was Artistic Co-Director of the Ogaki Biennale 2006 (Japan) and Artistic Director of ISEA2008 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) in Singapore.

Dean Nadarajan is active in the development of media arts internationally and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Inter Society for Electronic Art and is on the Advisory Boards of the Database of Virtual Art (Austria), Cellsbutton Festival (Indonesia), and Arts Future Book series (UK). He has also served as an advisor on creative aspects of digital arts and culture to the UNESCO and the Smithsonian Institution. He served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (2014-18) and is currently on the International Advisory Board of the ArtScience Museum (Singapore), and the Advisory Board of the New Media Caucus. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Edinburgh University Press book series, Technicities. He continues to work on a National Science Foundation funded initiative, Network for Science Engineering, Art and Design, to develop and support a national network for collaborative research, education, and creative practice between sciences, engineering, arts, and design. He also served on the committee for the Integration of STEM, Humanities and Arts in Higher Education Report of The Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, USA. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.

Dean Nadarajan serves NASAD as a visiting evaluator and as a member of the Committee on Ethics.

Dean Nadarajan holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences, and Master of Social Sciences degrees from the National University of Singapore.
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Posted December 2019