Robert Ransick | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Robert Ransick

Portrait of Robert Ransick


Vice President of Academic Affairs
MBA, Bard College
MA, New School for Social Research
BFA, School of Visual Arts

An artist, designer and educator, Robert Ransick most recently served as a member of the visual arts faculty, founding director of the MFA in Public Action, and director of the art and entrepreneurship programs at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action. As a teacher for nearly twenty-five years at Bennington College, The New School, Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, Ransick is known for developing innovative courses in social and civic engaged practices, technology and the arts, social entrepreneurship and new forms of democratic leadership.

Ransick served in leadership positions including Director of the Photography Department, Acting Director of the Computer Instruction Center, and Coordinator of Distance Learning at The New School in New York. He also served as Chief Technology Officer of Up Homes, a modern manufacturer of modular and sustainable homes. 

His creative work has been exhibited in 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, and at the border of the United States and Mexico. He has received funding from Franklin Furnace, the Mellon Foundation, the Boomerang Fund for Artists and the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network. He was an artist in residence at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions).  

He holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.