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Welcome to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. MassArt is a vibrant learning community where artists and designers are prepared to contribute to the creative economy and to shape contemporary culture.
What can you do with a degree from MassArt? Anything you want! Our alumni are shaping the world of the future as painters, sculptors, curators, industrial designers, fashion designers, filmmakers, leaders, and creatives in numerous fields.
At MassArt you’ll find a supportive and imaginative community where you can explore, discover, see, learn, try, fail, laugh, try again, make, cry, succeed, process, and excel, all under the guidance of expert faculty and staff who are ready to prepare you for your future.
Founded in 1873, MassArt is the nation’s first independent public institution of higher education dedicated to the training of artists. That pioneering spirit continues today. At MassArt we are committed to excellence, accessibility, affordability, and diversity.
Please contact our Admissions Office to learn more. If you have a passion to create, MassArt may be just the place for you.
Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D.
About ACTING PRESIDENT KYMBERLY PINDER
Kymberly Pinder was appointed Acting President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) effective in June 2020. She joined MassArt in January 2019 as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, following a twelve-month national search.
As Provost, Dr. Pinder led the academic mission of the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs, working with the faculty and academic affairs staff, as well as the college’s Academic Resource Center, Registrar, Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Youth Programs, and Professional and Continuing Education. She also oversaw the launch of the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM), MassArt's free contemporary art museum, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all.
Dr. Pinder’s career in higher education spans more than 27 years, in administrative and faculty roles with the University of New Mexico, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Middlebury College, among other institutions. She served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico (UNM) from 2012 through 2018, overseeing the state’s largest fine arts program, and as Interim Director and Curator of the UNM Art Museum from 2014 to 2016. Partnering with the mayor's office, she opened a student-run gallery in downtown Albuquerque. In 2017-18 she taught two mural classes; one resulted in students painting a mural in collaboration with a healthcare facility in downtown Albuquerque, and the other addressed a controversial 1930s mural in the university's library. Such activities garnered Dr. Pinder an Albuquerque Business First Women of Influence award in 2018.
A leader in the higher education and arts communities, Dr. Pinder is active in the Colleges of the Fenway, the Council of Presidents (of the nine public Massachusetts colleges and universities), on the ProArts Consortium, and in the Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization (MASCO). She was recently appointed to the Boston Art Commission, which advocates for public arts in Boston’s civic spaces as part of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
As a scholar and a curator, Dr. Pinder teaches, writes and lectures on representations of religion, history and race in American Art, and has authored multiple books on the subject, most recently Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago (2016). She edited Race-ing Art History: Critical Essays in Race and Art History, and her scholarship has also appeared in The Art Bulletin, The Art Journal, Third Text, and The African American Review, among other publications. She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Mellon, Ford, and Henry Luce foundations, among others. Dr. Pinder’s curatorial projects include "Spreading the Gospel: Graffiti and the Public Space as Canvas" and "Necessary Force: Art of the Police State." She is a passionate advocate for ensuring a higher education landscape offering access and equity for all, and committed to combating institutionalized racism and to making our society the best it can be for everyone.
Dr. Pinder received her Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy, and Master of Arts degrees from Yale University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College, all in Art History.
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