Robert Ransick

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Director of Art and Entrepreneurship Programs in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action and Director of the MFA in Public Action

Robert Ransick draws inspiration from the social and political world we live in, history, and the potential for a future that is better.

Office Hours: Tue. 2-4pm (F19)


Ransick is an artist, designer and educator. 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. Ransick has been an artist in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). 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. Ransick's 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 is currently the Director of Art and Entrepreneurship programs in Bennington College's Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Director of the MFA in Public Action in CAPA, and a full-time faculty member teaching courses in digital arts, social and civic practices in the arts, and creative entrepreneurship. 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 has taught at Bennington since 2004.

Fall 2019 Courses

Graduate Assistantship in Public Action
Graduate Research in Public Action
Graduate Seminar on Pedagogy and Public Action
The Web as Artistic Platform
The 5 Threads of Participatory Organizing in the Workplace: Practical Applications and Prototypes