The MIT Visual Arts Program was created in 1989 in the Department of Architecture by Professor Ed Levine. Its initial impetus was to provide instruction in the arts to MIT undergraduates as well as to provide courses for graduate students from the Department of Architecture. Though called ‘a program,’ the VAP was technically one of five discipline groups or “sections” in the Department of Architecture, the others being: Architectural Design (AD), Computation (Comp), History, Theory and Criticism (HTC), and Building Technology (BT). Ute Meta Bauer was appointed director of the Visual Arts Program in the summer of 2005. Under her stewardship, the undergraduate and graduate components grew in size, student labs expanded, and the program organized a highly-visible lecture series.
Visual Arts Program installation, 2009. Photo by Eric Schmiedel.