Stevenson University announces the
appointment of Keith D. Kutch as the
Founding Dean of the University’s
new School of Art and Design. The
School encompasses the University’s programs in business communication; film,
video, and theatre; and visual communication design. Kutch most recently served
as the Academic Dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he supervised the
complete revamping of the fine arts and communication arts bachelor’s curriculum.
“As we expand our
university model, Keith will help us forge a vision for the school, including
the development of new programs in the design field,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of Stevenson University.
Academic Dean of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Kutch chaired the design
department at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and chaired the
Departments of Furniture and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art
and Design. He also created the furniture design major at the Parsons School of
Design in New York.
Kutch holds a bachelor’s
degree in art from Metropolitan State College in Denver and a master of fine
arts degree in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. In
addition to his academic and administrative roles, he is a designer and fabricator
of art furniture and handcrafted collector’s pieces.
“As the school
establishes a presence within the University and in associated professional
communities, we will work to bring new programmatic offerings to Stevenson
students that broaden both their educational and professional opportunities
after they graduate,” said Kutch.