Jane McFadden

Department Chair, Humanities and Sciences


Jane McFadden is the chair of ArtCenter’s Humanities and Sciences Department. She received her PhD in art history in 2004 from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her MA. As a full-time faculty member, she has taught a variety of cultural history courses across departments from undergraduate Fine Art to graduate Industrial Design. She was a founding member of Faculty Commons and co-moderated its Summit on Teaching and Learning in 2012. She was the director of the Graduate Studies Criticism and Theory program from 2007-2009. She oversees ArtCenter Dialogues, the renowned Toyota Motor Corporation endowed lecture series; and she started the innovative Art and Design History Teaching Fellowship.

“Our rigor derives from the diverse expertise and inspiring dedication of our faculty and, in turn, the excellence they expect from students,” says McFadden. “Our curriculum is grounded in writing, history, research, and professional practice each of which has its own carefully considered program.”

An art historian whose work focuses on the interdisciplinary practices of the 1960s, she has written for various publications devoted to modern and contemporary art, such as Art Journal, Grey Room, Modern Painters and X-tra. She is author of essays for Pacific Standard Time at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Her book Walter de Maria: Meaningless Work, for which she was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, was published by Reaktion Books in 2016.

McFadden has lectured widely in a variety of venues, including the Métamatic Research Initiative, Basel, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2010, she was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute and served on the advisory board for Pacific Standard Time.