Carnegie Mellon University

Charlie White

Charlie White

Regina and Marlin Miller Head of School, School of Art

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Charlie White, who succeeds John Carson as Head of the School of Art, is an artist and academic whose work pushes the boundaries of representation in varied genres. His career has encompassed photography, film, animation, public events, popular entertainment and documentary archives. White has more than 20 years of experience as an internationally exhibiting artist, with 14 years in academia, bridging the worlds of art making, pedagogy and school administration.

Before coming to CMU, White was a professor in USC’s Roski School of Art and Design, where he established and was area head of a technology-rich program in digital imaging, video and media theory, which thrived across the school’s undergraduate curriculum. As director of the school’s Master of Fine Arts program from 2007 through 2011, he worked with exceptional artists and teachers, including Sharon Lockhart, Frances Stark, Andrea Zittel and A.L. Steiner, to form one of the most progressive young graduate programs in the United States.

White’s work has been discussed and reviewed in periodicals and journals such as The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Wired, Lacanian ink, and EXIT Image and Culture. In addition, his works have been included in two Thames and Hudson surveys, The Photograph As Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, and The Body in Contemporary Art, by Sally O’Reilly, amongst other surveys on contemporary photography and art.