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Steven J. Tepper

Steven J. Tepper is a leading writer and speaker on U.S. cultural policy. His work has fostered national discussions on cultural engagement, everyday creativity and the transformative possibilities of a 21st-century creative campus. 

Tepper is the dean and director of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the nation’s most extensive comprehensive design and arts school at a research university.

Before ASU, Tepper was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University, where he was a chief architect of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, a national think tank for cultural policy and creativity. 

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We tend to see art as a form of cultivated human thought and expression and an appreciation of beauty and form. But art is an attempt to make meaning, beyond simple transactions and exchanges, and meaning is required whenever we confront change—in our personal lives, in our relations to others, and to our environment.

— Steven Tepper, Pacific Standard