Academic Appointment
Lectures & Presentations
Personal History

  Academic Appointment George Legrady is Distinguished Professor in the Media Arts & Technology program at the University of California in Santa Barbara where he directs the Experimental Visualization Lab. He is an affiliated faculty with the Department of Art. He has previously held fulltime appointments at the Merz Akademie Institute for Visual Communication, Stuttgart; the Conceptual Design/Information Arts program, San Francisco State University; University of Southern California; and the University of Western Ontario. He received the Masters of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.

  Awards Awards for creative work include a Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2019), a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), Creative Capital Foundation grant, (2005, 2003, 2002); the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts, Science and Technology, Montreal (2000); Computer Integrated Media Awards from the Canada Council (1997, 1996, 1992); an Artslink, NEA grant, (1996); a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship (1995); first prize in the "New Voices, New Visions" international competition, Voyager and Interval Research Corp. (1994); honorable mentions for interactive media at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (2003, 1994, 1988); numerous Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants from 1975 to 1990.

  Exhibitions Selected interactive installation exhibitions have taken place at the ZKM (Center for Art & Media), Karlsruhe (2007-2017), the Heidelberg Kunstverein (2015), Chronus Art Center, Shanghai (2015), Run Run Shaw Media Center, Hong Kong (2014); Mois de la photo, Montreal (2013),Itau Institute, Sao Paolo (2012), Vancouver Olympics (2010), Ahlers Foundation, Hannover, (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (2007), National Academy of Sciences, Washington (2007), Frankfurt Museum of Communication (2006), 3rd Beijing Media Festival, (2006); the BlackBox Invitational, ARCO Art Fair, Madrid (2006); Telic Gallery, Los Angeles (2006); Cornerhouse, Manchester (2005); Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2004); Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, 2003; DEAF 03, Rotterdam, 2003; the ISEA Conference in Nagoya, Japan, [Sensing Speaking Space] and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2002; the Centre Pompidou, Paris [Pockets Full of Memories], 2001; [Transitional Spaces] the Rotunde at the Siemens World Headquarters in Munich, [Transitional Spaces], 1999-2000; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, [Tracing], 1998; the Kunst und AustellungHalle der Bundes Republik in Bonn, [Tracing], 1997-1998; the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, 1997-1998; the Palais des beaux-arts, Brussels, [An Anecdoted archive from the cold War], fall 1997. [Slippery Traces] was presented in the Siemens curated "Deep Storage" exhibition at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, 1997; the Kunstforum, Berlin, Fall 1997; the kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf, Spring 1998; Projects Studios One, New York, summer 1998, and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Fall 1998.

  Lectures & Presentations Legrady has lectured on his work and related topics in digital media internationally at over 100 institutions. Recent presentations include the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (2019), the University of New South Wales, Sydney (2018), Institute des mines-telecom, ParisTech (2018), Digital Humanities, EPFL, Lausanne (2018), Media Art Histories, Academy of Science, Vienna (2017), Ecole Nationale SupĂ©rieur de l'architecture, Paris-Malaquais (2017) and others.

  Personal History

New Immigrants 1956

Dedicated Student 1958

Marymount High 1964

R+R Musician 1968

George Legrady was born in Budapest, immigrated to Montreal, Québec during the 1956 Hungarian uprising, relocated to California in 1981 and currently has dual Canadian-American citizenship. He began his studies in classical music at Mont-Jesus-Marie in the French Canadian language. He transferred to Marymount High School, and from 1965 until 1969 was active as a rock and roll keyboard musician. He also worked at numerous jobs during this time including construction, and factory work and for a while, was a card carrying member of both the United Steelworkers' and the Musicians' Unions. In July 1969, he witnessed the NASA landing on the moon while working as an underground miner for INCO in Thompson, Manitoba, in the Canadian sub-arctic. He received the Masters of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute.

He was introduced to fine arts photography by the artist Charles Gagnon and the photographer John Max during his undergraduate studies in Humanities at Loyola College. In 1970, he travelled for a year in Europe and the Middle East. With his brother Miklos and two other photographers, he produced a photographic documentary on the Cree Indians' way of life in northern Quebec at the time of the flooding of the lands by the James Bay Hydro-Electric Corporation in 1971 and 1972. Between 1972-73 he continued his undergraduate studies in photography and visual anthropology at Goddard College, Vermont, an alternative liberal arts college, steeped in the counter culture movement of the sixties. In 1976 he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, then returned to Canada where he began his first fulltime teaching apointment at the University of Western Ontario.

His artistic research work at that time was based on a theoretical and analytic examination of the conventions by which photographic images conveyed meaning. In 1981 he moved to La Jolla, California, and began computer programming as an artistic practice in the studio of Professor Harold Cohen at UCSD. Between 1982-84 he was visiting professor at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1983 he travelled through Central Europe producing a photographic documentary on Communist iconography which he followed two years later with a photographic documentary of handpainted advertising billboards in China. From 1984-1988 he held a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he received awards for his work integrating computer technology into fine arts. His first digital prints were produced in 1987 using the Fujichrome system at UCLA.

In 1988-89, Legrady received a Canada Council residency award for their Paris studio program. From 1989 until 1997 he was professor at San Francisco State University in the Conceptual Design and Information Arts program and began his work in interactive media installations and cd-rom production. Since 1989, he has been travelling extensively between Europe, California, and recently Asia for projects, exhibitions and conferences. In the fall of 1994 he was visiting professor at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. At this time he received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship and a Canada Council Computer Media Arts Award for his work in digital media art. From 1996 to 2000, he was professor at Merz Academie of Visual Communication in Stuttgart, Germany where he created the Interactive Media pathway with an emphasis on interface design, interactive installations, and motion sensing systems for multimedia installations. In fall 2000, her received his appointment at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he currently works and lives.

Andalusia, Spain 1971   James Bay 1973   San Francisco Art Institute 1976   Visiting faculty, Denton, Texas, 1977

Assistant Professor,
UWO, London, 1979
  Los Angeles Studio 1988   Fuji Ink Jetprints '88   LA Studio 1988

San Francisco Studio '93   East/West 1992   Noise Series 1991   San Francisco Studio '93

Working with Rosemary
Bonn 1998
  Piano, 2006   Bass, 2006   Munich, 2006