Gary Alan Fine

March 5, 2016, 10:30 – 11:45 am, Issues and Insights 2: Inside the Blackbox: The Education and Culture of Arts and Design Schools (Concurrent Session)

Gary Alan Fine is John Evans Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. He received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. He has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, and the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation. Fine is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Throughout his career, he has conducted observational works on artists, aesthetic workers, and art world. He is known for his work on restaurants and cooks, including his book, Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work (2009) in which he analyzed the aesthetics of food production. He has also studied self-taught, outsider artists and collectors in his book Everyday Genius: Self-Taught and the Culture of Authenticity (2004). His current research is based on a two-year observation of visual art students at three university-based MFA programs in the Chicago area, examining how young contemporary artists are trained to think about their practices.