Bio

John Gordon is a sculptor, educator and arts administrator with over 40 years experience in higher education.  He holds a B.A. in studio art from Antioch College and a M.F.A. in sculpture from the Claremont Graduate University.  Gordon’s artworks are a hybrid of two artistic traditions: the assemblage thread that connects artists such as Ed and Nancy Keinholz, George Herms, and H.C. Westermann; and the perceptual explorations of artists like Robert Irwin, James Turrell and Maria Nordman.  His works have been shown in museums and galleries around the nation, including the L.A. Louver Gallery of Venice, California; Artist’s Space, New York; the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.  

John Gordon retired  from full-time service in academia in June 2013 after a final year as Director of the San Diego State University School of Art and Design – a position he first held in 2002-2004. Prior to rejoining SDSU, Gordon served as the 10th and final President of the historic College of Santa Fe (CSF) and led the school through a year of dramatic institutional change that resulted in reorganization as the for-profit Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). Gordon was recruited to CSF/SFUAD following 5 years of service as the Provost for Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  Mr. Gordon has also held senior academic positions at five other distinguished arts institutions, including in reverse chronology: Provost and Dean at Pratt Institute, New York City; Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Kansas City Art Institute; Dean of Arts and Cultural Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Vice President for Academic Affairs at the California College of the Arts; and Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California.

John Gordon has been a strong and consistent advocate for the arts and for arts education.  He has served on a number of governing boards for arts organizations, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; and KUNM-FM, the public radio station of the University of New Mexico. He is a former member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Race Relations for the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the Advisory Board for the Kansas City Center for Design Education and Research at the University of Missouri.

Gordon has been a frequent consultant on the placement of art in public places. He served as an arts consultant for the Art-in-Transit programs of the Southern California Rapid Transit District; the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission; New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority; the Port of San Diego; the City of San Diego’s Commission on Arts and Culture; and San Diego’s Centre City Development Corporation.

John Gordon has also served an evaluator and consultant to arts education programs around the United States and abroad.  He also served for 6 years as one of 10 elected members of the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (NASAD).

Gordon now resides and maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico along with his spouse, Roman Lujan.