Ravi Rajan

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Ravi Rajan
Born
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma (BA)
Yale University (MMus)
Academic work
DisciplineMusic, Art
Sub-disciplineEducation
InstitutionsNorman Public Schools
Rockefeller University
State University of New York at Purchase
4th President of the California Institute of the Arts
Assumed office
October 13, 2017
Preceded bySteven Lavine

Ravi S. Rajan is an American artist and academic administrator working as the fourth president of the California Institute of the Arts.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of immigrants from India, Rajan was born in Seattle and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, a physicist, came to the U.S. to study atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University then the University of Washington. Rajan attended the Norman Public Schools and graduated from Norman High, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in Music from Yale University.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Rajan began his career as a music teacher in the Norman Public Schools. After graduating from Yale, Rajan moved to New York City, where he worked as a designer for Rockefeller University, performed in Broadway shows, and offered private trumpet lessons.[2]

As a trumpet player, Rajan has performed in various musical ensembles in large orchestral, big band, and chamber settings, as well as for theatre on and off Broadway. He was a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee.[3]

Rajan was previously dean of the school of the arts, and before that, director of Art+Design and associate dean of the arts at State University of New York at Purchase.[4]

As a producer and designer of large-scale projects and installations, he has worked in major museums, biennials, theaters, festivals, galleries, and venues around the world, for artists including Alfredo Jaar, Stephen Petronio, and Laura Poitras.

In 2010, Rajan was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. As the fourth president of CalArts, Rajan replaced Steven Lavine, who served as president for 29 years.[5]

Service[edit]

Rajan is and has been a volunteer leader for many causes that support the arts, education, and social justice including Americans for the Arts; Asian American Arts Alliance; American Brass Chamber Music Association (ABQ); the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities; the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design; the National Association of Schools of Art and Design; the American Theater Wing; and Yale University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CalArts names Ravi Rajan president, the first Asian American to be named to the post". Los Angeles Times. 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ravi Rajan: California Institute of the Arts president". Santa Clarita Valley Signal. 2019-09-15. Retrieved 2022-07-09.
  3. ^ "CalArts names Ravi Rajan president, the first Asian American to be named to the post". Los Angeles Times. 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ Freeman, Nate (2016-12-14). "CalArts Names SUNY Purchase Art School Dean Ravi Rajan President, Replacing Steven Lavine". ARTnews.com. Retrieved 2022-07-09.
  5. ^ "CALARTS PRESIDENT STEVEN D. LAVINE TO STEP DOWN IN SPRING OF 2017 | CalArts". Archived from the original on 2017-01-18. Retrieved 2017-03-15.