George Legrady is an internationally exhibited and published artist, author and scholar, whose practice and research have explored since the mid-1980s the potential of born-digital processes for fine arts practice. He is a pioneer in the integration of computation with fine arts photographic practice. His research, teaching and projects contribute to the ongoing historical and contemporary developments of how technologies transform visual content to result in new kind of representations. His artistic works, teaching and writings address the intersections of computation, data, photographic visualizations resulting in works-on-paper, multi-image lenticular panels, time-based animations, and digital interactive data-based installations.
His artworks are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, the Centre Pompidou Museum, Paris, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the musée d’art contemporain in Montreal, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, 21c Museum and others. Legrady has realized a number of permanent public commissions that include the Santa Monica/Vermont Los Angeles Metro Rail (2007), the Corporate Executive Board (Arlington) (2009), and the Seattle Central Library (2005-present), a data visualization installation that may be the longest running such project to-date.
George Legrady is distinguished professor of Digital Media and directs the Experimental Visualization Lab. He is former chair of the Media Arts & Technology (2013-2017) graduate program at UC Santa Barbara. He recently held a Visiting Professional Fellowship at the Centre for Interactive Cinema at the University of New South Wales, and also a Visiting Scholar position in the Diaspora Lab at the Institut des Mines-Télécom, Paristech. Previous to UCSB, he directed the digital media graduate program at the Merz Akademie for Visual Communication in Stuttgart, co-directed the Information Arts/Conceptual Design program at the San Francisco State University, photography faculty in the Visual Arts dept. at the University of Southern California, visiting faculty at the California Institute for the Arts, and faculty in photography at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Guggenheim Fellow recipient in Visual Arts, 2016.