The School of Art + Art History + Design is very happy to announce the hiring of two new faculty members. Robert Rhee will be a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, and James Pierce will be a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Interaction Design. They will join the UW faculty in September 2020.
Rhee received a BA in Art from Yale University in 2004 and an MFA in Sculpture/New Genres from Columbia University in 2010. His work encompasses sculpture, performance, and critical writing. Rhee has exhibited nationally at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey; White Columns, New York; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas; and the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles. He has also exhibited internationally at the 10th Berlin Biennale and the Ilmin Museum of Art, South Korea. Most recently, Rhee has had work in a two-person exhibition, Subspontaneous, at Frye Art Museum in Seattle. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Foundations and Art Programs at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle since 2014.
Pierce received an MS in Human-Computer Interaction/Design from Indiana University in 2009 and a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University in 2015. His current research focuses on addressing privacy, security, and ethical challenges related to interactive, networked, and data-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Pierce is particularly concerned with engaging the political, social, cultural, and personal dimensions of design and technology. His interdisciplinary research practice combines methods from design, engineering, social sciences, art, and the humanities. Pierce has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and has most recently been an Assistant Professor of Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.