Message from the Director

Annie Buckley

Hello and welcome!

I appreciate the warm welcome given to me by everyone here in the School of Art and Design at San Diego State University and look forward to serving as your Director. In my short time here, I have been impressed with our accomplished faculty and dedicated staff. I am thrilled to join them in welcoming our vibrant and enthusiastic students to the fall semester.

This fall, we have over 800 students enrolled in Art and Design and 151 classes, including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital media, furniture, and jewelry design, foundations, art history, and more. I am particularly pleased that we have four exhibition spaces for students to showcase their work in addition to our thriving Downtown Gallery off-campus.

I join the team here at SDSU from CSU San Bernardino, where I was Professor of Visual Studies from 2012-2019. During that time, I went through the tenure track process, receiving two early promotions. In my last year, I was humbled to receive the top faculty honor in the university, Outstanding Professor. I look forward to sharing my experience as well as growing new knowledge together with students, faculty, staff, and colleagues here at SDSU.

My career in education has been dedicated to public education and specifically to expanding access to the arts. With that in mind, I welcomed this leadership position in the CSU system. In addition to teaching, I am the founding director of the Prison Arts Collective, a statewide initiative dedicated to expanding access to the arts for those that are incarcerated. I look forward to sharing this program with interested faculty, students, and community members here.

This fall, I am excited to continue to get to know our school, students, and faculty. I look forward to visiting our diverse array of classes and collaborating with faculty to determine a vision and chart our path forward into the next chapter of this 91-year-old School of Art and Design.

Thank you!

Annie Buckley
Director, SDSU School of Art + Design