Robert Ladislas Derr

Professor of Art (Photography, Video and Performance)
BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati
MFA Rhode Island School of Design

Professor Derr is a visual artist making performances from live to intervention, videos, photographs, and multimedia installations presented widely in galleries, museums, and festivals nationally and internationally. He is interested in the way sites, circumstances, objects, and social contexts engage the irreducible body as a catalyst. From 2004 to 2016, he taught in the Department of Art at The Ohio State University, and served in administrative capacities including Undergraduate Chair and Photography Area Coordinator. In 2016 he left OSU to chair the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Art & Art History, then led the formation of the School of Art, Art History & Design as the first Director, where he is presently a Professor. His service includes roles with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, College Art Association, New Media Caucus, and Nebraska Arts Council. He is interested in collaborative research, and is dedicated to asserting the visual arts through cross-disciplinary programs and curriculum, community engagement, and diversity fostering initiatives within and outside the university. He earned his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, attended the Photography Institute National Graduate Seminar at New York University, and BFA in Photography from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.