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Biographical: Lorne Falk is Dean of Faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in Boston. He has worked in education and the arts for 31 years as a dean of faculty, teacher, curator, director, critic and consultant. His experience is international, multidisciplinary and transcultural. His interests include contemporary visual and media art, digital culture, cultural theory and criticism, curatorial practice, art education and academic management.

Since the 1970s, Lorne has written and published more than 60 essays and produced 19 catalogues and books. He has curated more than 150 exhibitions, including 8 major projects. From 1978 to 1985, Lorne was Director and Chief Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. He has also served as a consultant for The Getty Trust in Los Angeles, the Hong Kong Arts Centre and Xerox’s Concorde/Office of The Net Group. He is on the editorial board of Convergence - The Journal for Research into New Media Technologies (Luton, UK).

From 1989 to 1994, he was a Program Director at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he created and directed an international multidisciplinary residency program for artists and scholars. He organized 15 thematic residencies over 5 years, including: Border Culture, The Bioapparatus, Rhetoric Utopia and Technology, Nomad, and Living at the End of Nation States.

Lorne’s roots in cyberspace go back to the early 1980s, when he curated the exhibition Chicago - Biographies of an Interactive Life Style. From 1997-2000, he was an Associate Professor (Digital Culture) at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 1997, he chaired a panel called "The Rhetoric of the Synthetic" at SIGGRAPH 97 in Los Angeles. In 1996, he was special advisor and a member of the International Committee for the 5th International Conference on Cyberspace (5Cyberconf, Madrid, Spain).

In 2001, Lorne was appointed Dean of Faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The SMFA provides an education in the fine arts for undergraduate and graduate artists that is interdisciplinary, self-directed, and always evolving. The SMFA provides an arts education to more than 1600 students through 9 degree and non-degree programs; 165 faculty members working in 17 studio areas teach 470 courses each year. Lorne has oversight responsibility for faculty and curricular affairs, and works closely with the SMFA community to envision and articulate the structure, programs and curriculum and to put in place the faculty and staff who will teach the next generation of students drawn to the SMFA’s particular vision of art.

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