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The Caltech-Huntington Program in Visual Culture was established in 2019 with funding under a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Designed as a collaboration between HSS and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens (The Huntington), the CHVC program includes undergraduate course offerings, postdoctoral instructorships, artists residencies with professional visiting artists, and a wide range of programming activities—with the aim of fostering new conversations not only among humanists but also between humanists and scientists.

In the 2020–2021 academic year, roughly one fifth of Caltech's undergraduate students enrolled in the growing number of visual culture classes on subjects ranging from Plantation Imaginaries to Volcanoes to Picturing Science. Caltech added a minor in visual culture to its curriculum as of the fall of 2021.

May 31, 2024 12:00 pm

Visual Culture Program Event

Futures of Visual Activism Symposium

Student Activities


Brian Jacobson
Brian R. Jacobson

Professor of Visual Culture

Postdoctoral Instructor

Anna Stielau
Anna Stielau

Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Visual Culture

Art + Research Residency

Leslie Thornton at Caltech

This program provides the opportunity to engage with the research communities at Caltech and The Huntington, and to teach and work with Caltech students. It supports artists and other creative practitioners whose work involves research and experimentation. The next Artist in Residence is expected during the 2024–2025 academic year.