Bruce Mackh

brucevert.jpgIncoming Director Arts and Cultural Management Program College of Arts & Letters

Bruce Mackh has been named Director Arts and Cultural Management Program effective August 16, 2015.

Most recently, Mackh has been on the staff of ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan where he was also Director of the Mellon Research Project. Funded by a $500,000, three-and-a-half-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project involves the creation of the first comprehensive guide to best practices in the integration of arts practice in U.S. research universities. The guide is scheduled for publication in fall 2015, will identify models, obstacles, implementation strategies, costs, and impact on students and faculty as well as on research, practice, and teaching in other knowledge areas. Mackh’s current research focuses on the importance of arts integration in the research university.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of 31 institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines.

"My goal as the director of Arts and Cultural Management is to build on the strong foundation established for this new program in an exciting and rapidly expanding area of graduate study in the arts. We will accomplish this by creating a world-class multidisciplinary degree program preparing graduates to be leaders of arts and cultural organizations, as well as visionary, entrepreneurial advocates for the arts."

Bruce Mackh has a strong interest in curriculum development, pedagogy, and faculty development, all of which informed his work as the Mellon Research Project Director at the University of Michigan, ArtsEngine. The goal of  this project was to compile the first comprehensive guide to best  practices in the integration of the arts into the research university, central to which is a focus on the idea of arts practice as research--perhaps one of the most crucial debates concerning the future of the arts in academia. Bruce is also an accomplished photographer, and his largest collection of images is part of the permanent collection of the Louisiana State Museum, illustrating the lasting impact of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans.

Bruce Mackh earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Tulane University, and a PhD in Critical Studies and Fine Art from Texas Tech University. While at Texas Tech, he was awarded a TEACH Fellowship, and was the only Fellow from the School of Art to earn this distinction. 

Bruce is a member of numerous professional organizations including the College Art Association; the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Art and Design; Arts Administrators in Higher Education; and the National Council of Arts Administrators, which recently awarded him a prestigious 2014/2015 Emerging Arts Administration Fellowship.