Brian O’Connell

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Art and Design, Chair of Design

Born in Leuven, Belgium, Brian O’Connell is a multidisciplinary artist who works in technologies both old and new. Educated at Columbia University (BA, 1995) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA, 2002), he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany (1995–96).

Brian has exhibited institutionally and in galleries throughout the United States and abroad. His public projects include a semi-permanent installation at the Central Library in Leuven, Belgium; a 13-foot concrete boat produced on the beach in Malibu, California; and a 30-foot concrete hull cast from an abandoned fishing boat in Istanbul, Turkey. Brian has been included in the Hammer Museum’s 2014 biennial, “Made in L.A.,” and MoMA PS1’s 2010 “Greater New York.”

In 2016, Brian and Deirdre O’Dwyer founded Rakish Light (, an experimental press that produces and publishes offset print projects and collaborations among artists, writers, and thinkers using refurbished small scale commercial presses.