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Professor Emeritus Dan Fern (Royal College of Art)

Professor Emeritus Dan Fern is an award-winning graphic and multimedia artist as well as being an influential teacher. 

Dan Fern began teaching at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, and was made its first Professor of Graphic Art and Design in 1994.

Having retired as Head of the School of Communications and Chair of the International Development Group at the RCA, Dan was made Professor Emeritus in July 2010.  He continues to maintain links with education as a research supervisor, external examiner and consultant on academic development. In 2014 he spent 6 months as Guest Professor at Munich University.

Trained at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communication, including a set of postage stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground, book-jackets, magazine covers, record sleeves etc; his graphic work has been exhibited at the
Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona , Tate Liverpool and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

As a video artist working collaboratively with musicians, his work has been performed in front of audiences at the Bath International Music Festival, London’s South Bank Centre and the Hamburg Philharmonie. 

In September 2010 he was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to produce large-scale multimedia installations for the Deloitte Ignite Festival, curated by the musician Joanna MacGregor. He has regularly exhibited non-commissioned work in galleries in the UK and overseas, most recently in solo shows in London and Munich.

With a long-standing interest in mountaineering, Dan Fern’s work as an artist and film-maker for the past 10 years has been focused on the landscape of the Vercors region of south-east France, where he has a studio.

A monograph of Dan Fern's work, titled 'On the Horizon' will be published in November 2018.

Dan Fern has been EWAAC's judge since 2010

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