Message from the Director

Kotaro Nakamura Headshot

Dear Friends,

This will be my last letter to you as the Director of the School of Art + Design. It has been six years since I assumed this position and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and generous support during that time.

As we face increasingly difficult challenges and more sophisticated technology, education in the visual arts has become more important than ever to unravel and focus complex issues facing our society, to bring communities together, and to develop not only cohesive solutions, but inclusive conversations for the future.

During the over forty years I have been part of this School as a graduate student, lecturer, professor and director, our pedagogy has always been strongly based in the Maker/Thinker tradition, but increasingly during the last six years, the School has become much more conceptual and interdisciplinary. Collaboration, exploration and bold experimentation outside the boundaries of our own four walls is where some of the richest answers can be found. This is what I have learned and will take with me from being part of this exceptional academic community.

Creating a strong community in the School of Art + Design was one of my goals as Director. Building strength and resilience within programs, increasing enrollment across the board, and ceaselessly showcasing the high quality our students and faculty were benchmarks I hoped to achieve.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to get to know you and to work with you through challenges great and small, and most of all, to learn from you. It has been quite a ride.


Kotaro Nakamura
Director, SDSU School of Art + Design