Clinical Associate Professor
608 Clemens Hall
"Art managers are experts in a given artistic field with managements skills who are at the forefront of prospective social issues”
Research Interests: performing arts and new media, history of new media exhibitions, digital literature and writing, cultural frameworks, cultural and public policy
Franck Bauchard was the founder and executive director of the cross-disciplinary Contemporary Culture Center of the City of Montpellier – La Panacee – from May 2011 to January 2016. Before turning to visual art and new media, he worked for twenty five years in the performing arts as a dramaturg and stage director (1990-1994), senior advisor for the Ministry of Culture (1995-2006), and artistic director of La Chartreuse (2007-2011) – a major European institution in the field of performing arts and playwriting dedicated to residencies, experimentation and research. He has been a board member of several institutions – Le Lux, Scene Nationale de Valence, Le Zinc and Montpellier University of Science – as well as several artistic committees – National Committee for New Media Art of the French Ministry of Culture, French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, National Committee for Playwriting, Languedoc-Roussillon commission for New Media Art. He curated exhibitions for the Center for Contemporary Culture of Montpellier, the Digital Week in Paris and for the European Capital of Culture Mons 2015. In addition, he has taught courses at the University of Dijon, University of Avignon, University of Montpellier, and the University of Toulon in European cultural policy, theatre and new media, culture and the internet, and directed student cultural project. He has published 50 articles and contributions for reviews, catalogs and books in France, Belgium, and Canada on theater, art, and new media. In addition to being our program's director and professor, Professor Bauchard is the Associate Curator at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris, France.
“We usually think that experimentation is targeted for a selected audience. In the context of a shifting cultural landscape, experimentation is an important way to build an audience.”