This August, Troy Richards joined FIT as the dean for the School of Art and Design. Richards is an experienced arts administrator, artist, and faculty member who has worked at both a large public university and a small independent arts institution.
Most recently, he was interim associate dean of the arts, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Delaware, where he was responsible for the academic programs and activities of the college’s “arts portfolio,” which encompasses the visual arts and design, music, dance and theater. Together these disciplines offer 800 majors.
He had been at the University of Delaware since 2008, starting as an associate professor and head of printmaking, undergraduate area coordinator and graduate program director. He also served as chair of the department of art and design. Prior to the University of Delaware, he served for three years as assistant professor and chair of drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Richards received his BFA in painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often works collaboratively and has exhibited widely throughout the nation, both in group and solo shows. His work has been included in exhibitions in New York at P.S. 1, White Columns, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the Center for Book Arts, among others.
He replaces Joseph Seipel, who has served as interim dean for the School of Art and Design since January 2017.