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Nan Goggin


“From a female point of view, I think women care more about all kinds of communication because we want to discuss things. Digital communication tools will be changing the future on a lot of different levels, not just the social. Digital communication can be ubiquitously recovered or accessed. Unfortunately, we will develop more ways to hide our communications rather than making more public. Early social media like Facebook was motivated to share and get everyone on the same page, to let everyone “see my world.”  

Nan Goggin’s workspace at the University of Illinois. Courtesy of Nan Goggin. From New Media Futures: The Rise of Women in the Digital Arts.         


Nan Goggin was the director of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and interim head of Landscape Architecture. Goggin’s practice extends from the printed book to virtual reality narratives. As an artist and designer, many of her collaborative projects have initiated new ways of reading and under-standing visual culture and literacy, linking fine art and new technology. @art gallery was one of the first curated art spaces on the web. Goggin cofounded the New Media program in the School of Art and Design, served as an associate provost fellow, and is also designated as an Illinois University Scholar, NCSA fellow and Center for Advanced Study fellow.  

She is an award-winning graphic designer with multiple book and poster designs in national and international publications, as well as a recognized pioneer in electronic art. Awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club, University and College Designers Association, and the American Center for Design. Other projects include Writing with Video, a cofunded project with Apple Computers, and 360, a virtual narrative in the Beckman CUBE in collaboration with Joseph Squier. 

360, 2005, Courtesy of Nan Goggin. 


Also during this era, Vivian Maier was an unknown American street photographer who supported herself as a nanny in Chicago’s North Shore suburbs for forty years before her work was internationally exhibited. 

 New York (girl on shoulders), 1951-55, Vivian Maier 

 4 3/4” x 3 3/4” Modern gelatin silver print 

 From the Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection 


Internet and web based art, virtual reality CAVE , graphic design

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