George Legrady

George Legrady

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Distinguished Professor, Digital Media Art



George Legrady directs the Experimental Visualization Lab which focuses on creative explorations in the fields of data visualization, visual language, machine vision, computational photography, interactive digital installations and related directions to explore the intersections of computation and visualization in both the arts and engineering. His artistic practice addresses the cultural implications of computation in visualization.


Distinguished Professor in the interdisciplinary arts-engineering Media Arts & Technology program at UC Santa Barbara. He received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. George Legrady is an internationally exhibited, digital media artist, researcher and scholar with projects realized at the intersections of photography, interactive installations, data and computationally generated visualizations, cultural analysis and the digital humanities. His contribution to the digital media arts field since the mid-1980s has been in a critical investigation of the impact of integrating computation and creative coding with photographic visualization. Projects and publications have also engaged with semiotics, Information Theory, data visualization, natural language processing, and cultural studies. Artistic works have been realized as large-scale data collection installations, with real-time visualizations in public commissions.

His practice and research have been supported by various agencies in the arts and sciences including the National Science Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation Emerging Fields, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts, Science and Technology, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in Fine Arts. His artworks are in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, National Gallery of Canada, musée d’art contemporain, Montreal, Philbrook Museum of Art and others.