Gordon Knox named new ASU Art Museum director

November 18, 2009

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts announced the appointment of Gordon Knox as the new director for the http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/ " title="ASU Art Museum">ASU Art Museum. Knox, currently a core collaborator for the Stanford Humanities Lab (SHL) at Stanford University, will begin his duties as museum director on a part-time basis on Jan. 11, 2010, assuming the position full-time July 1.

“Gordon Knox will be a visionary leader for the ASU Art Museum, bringing unique perspectives to the work of redefining the role and purpose of a university art museum” says Kwang-Wu Kim, dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. “Gordon has a track record of conceiving and directing creative, thought provoking, collaborative programs resulting in opportunities to effect social change and to transform our understanding about art and artists.”  Download Full Image

Knox, whose work explores the transformative role of the arts in society, was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine for his work on collaborative projects at the SHL that brings together experts in the arts, humanities and sciences and engages them in on-the-ground efforts to effect social change. Knox brings to ASU an extensive background in establishing and developing environments that recognize and foster new talents across all art disciplines and mediums. 

"Gordon Knox is deeply committed to engaging with community while connecting the museum to his broad global networks,” Kim says. “Working with our excellent curators and staff, I am confident he will engage artists and audiences in exciting, new conversations about art in the 21st century.”  

Knox believes that ASU’s commitment to broad, lateral access to excellence in education defines much of the still to be explored potential of the ASU Art Museum. 

“The ASU Art Museum is the right place at the right time to activate a new model of how ideas flow from the past to the present to animate the thinking of today and build the communities of tomorrow,” Knox says. “A museum’s job is to provide public access to the full range of humanity’s thinking; combining that commitment with the radical possibilities of ASU today offers the greatest imaginable opportunity. I am both honored and fully activated by being invited to join the ASU team.” 

Previous to the SHL, Knox was the artistic director of the http://montalvoarts.org/ " title="Montalvo Arts Center ">Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Calif., developing ambitious projects such as Edge of Desire, the only West Coast exhibition of a comprehensive collection of recent art from India, and FUSE, a new media collaboration with the CADRE laboratory at San Jose State University. Knox also was the founding director of the Lucas Artists Program, a residency program at Montalvo that identifies exceptional international artists and supports them as they develop new work while in residence in eleven newly designed live/work studios. 

During the 1990s as the founding Director of the http://www.civitella.org/selection.aspx " title="Civitella Ranieri Foundation">Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, Knox envisioned and established a center for the arts designed to advance and widen the discourse of contemporary cultural practice by engaging the voices and thinking of practitioners from all parts of the world and providing them with excellent conditions to advance their work. Civitella quickly became a new model for international, multidisciplinary residency programs. 

As a part of the transition to Knox’s directorship, current interim director Heather Lineberry has been named Interim Associate Director and Senior Curator, effective on Knox’s arrival. In that role, Lineberry will work closely with Knox as an administrative partner while also continuing to pursue her curatorial interests. 

The ASU Art Museum continues to examine contemporary issues through multiple ongoing exhibits, highlighted by the ongoing http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/news/press_release.php?id=740 " title="Defining Sustainability ">Defining Sustainability season. Defining Sustainability is a series of dynamic and interactive projects to illustrate sustainability ideas on display at the ASU Art Museum and its Ceramics Research Center through January, 2010. Other featured exhibitions include the latest subject of the Social Studies project, http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/viewevent.php?eid=106 " title="Jillian McDonald: Alone Together in the Dark ">Jillian McDonald: Alone Together in the Dark, and http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/viewevent.php?eid=226 " title="I'm Keeping an Eye On You">I’m Keeping an Eye On You, a video exploration of the broad and lasting effects of our curiosity in and intrusions upon others.  

Comprised of a dynamic combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is at the forefront of the investigation of creativity and creative practice shaping the 21st century. Many of the institute's programs consistently rank in the top ten of national peers and encompass over 45 areas of study within its seven schools: architecture and landscape architecture; art; arts, media and engineering; dance; design; music; and theatre and film. The ASU Art Museum, the Herberger Institute Research Center, and Future Arts Research @ ASU support our research initiatives. The Community School for Design and the Arts and our Community Engagement projects enable students and faculty to interact with the public through meaningful partnerships. To learn more about the institute, visit http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/" title="herbergerinstitute.asu.edu">herbergerinstitute.asu.edu. 

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group


New research lab will focus on data privacy worldwide

November 18, 2009

Do you worry about the safety of the information you enter online when shopping or paying bills? Are you concerned that your employer has stored your social security number in the company's systems? A new research group at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is dedicated to making sure businesses know how to protect your data and implement the needed measures.

"Organizations must be committed to maintaining employee and customer privacy," says associate professor of information systems Julie Smith David from the W. P. Carey School of Business, one of the new research group's founders. "This is really becoming an issue in the board room, as well as at people's personal computers. We all want to make sure our data isn't inappropriately shared or sold." Download Full Image

The new Privacy by Design Research Lab (PbD RL) will establish a virtual environment to work with industry leaders to create guidelines for businesses worldwide to use to effectively protect personal data. The researchers will also encourage organizations to use the new guidelines by offering educational materials and programs to train privacy consultants. In addition, the researchers will continue to monitor and improve techniques for data protection.

"Privacy assurance must ideally become an organization's default mode of operation," says W. P. Carey School of Business associate professor Marilyn Prosch, another founder of the group. "This is the first Privacy by Design ambassador program in the United States, and we want to work with both the public and private sectors to make a difference."

The group is already demonstrating a commitment to working internationally to strengthen privacy practices. Ann Cavoukian, creator of the Privacy by Design concept and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, has been fundamental in establishing the new research group.

"I applaud ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business for its leadership role in establishing the first Privacy by Design Research Lab," says Cavoukian, who wrote two groundbreaking books on data privacy. "When technology and personal information intersect, privacy issues always arise. The future of privacy cannot be assured solely by compliance with regulatory frameworks. The objectives of Privacy by Design are twofold: for individuals, gaining personal control over one's information; for businesses, gaining a sustainable competitive advantage - It's win/win."

The Privacy by Design Research Lab will publish documents to help teach the business community about data privacy practices, including a risk assessment companies can use to evaluate themselves. It will also host monthly events with industry leaders, publish world-class academic journal articles, and hold a student contest to encourage new ideas on privacy practices.

Prosch formally announced formation of the PbD Research Lab at the 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Madrid, Spain, earlier this month.

The initial research project will create practical guidance from the principles of Privacy by Design to aid companies and entrepreneurs seeking to create new products and services to meet the privacy expectations of their customers. This work is funded by a grant from The Privacy Projects (www.theprivacyprojects.org">http://www.theprivacyprojects.org/">www.theprivacyprojects.org), a nonprofit research institute focused on supporting "evidence-based" privacy.

"The mission at ASU fits perfectly with our intention to fund and promote an effective architecture for privacy," says Richard Purcell, executive director of The Privacy Projects.

The research lab will be run out of the Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology (CABIT) at the W. P. Carey School of Business, which fosters collaboration between industry and academics. The research group's next event will be held Nov. 24 at Arizona State University's Tempe campus to announce more details. Cavoukian will be the featured speaker.