Susanne Pfeffer, director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, will be appointed honorary professor in the School of Art on 1 January. She teaches in the area of exhibition and mediation of contemporary art.
In the summer semester (April), the New York-based Italian artist duo Eva and and Franco Mattes will assume the Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Endowed Professorship and teach in the field of digital and net-based art (School of Art).
Dr. Marie-Hélène Gutberlet is the deputy professor in the field of film/video and the philosopher Dr. Sandra Lehmann the guest professor for perception theory (School of Art+Design).
In the winter semester (October) Dr. Felix Trautmann will take over the deputy professorship for perception theory (School of Art+Design).
Deputy professorships in the School of Design: Knut Völzke (Product Design/Colour) and Dr. Thilo Schwer (Product Language/Product Design).
On November 4, Prof. Frank Zebner is elected new Dean of the School of Design. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Markus Holzbach, who held the office for three years and was previously Vice-Dean in two terms from 2010 to 2016. Prof. Dr. Klaus Klemp is re-elected as Vice Dean. Prof. Dr. Martin Gessmann is still the Dean of Studies.
Juliane Rebentisch, Vice President and Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the HfG Offenbach, will teach at the Department of German at Princeton University as a Permanent Visiting Professor for three years starting in autumn 2019. She shares the visiting professorship with Joseph Vogl of HU Berlin and Inka Mülder-Bach of LMU Munich.
In the summer semester (April), the artist Kerstin Cmelka has been appointed to the new professorship Performance in the Extended Field (School of Art).
In the winter semester, the artist Mike Bouchet, who lives in Frankfurt, has been appointed to the professorship of sculpture in the School of Art.
Rortraut Pape, Professor of Film/Video since 2003, dies on April 14 after a serious illness.
On 24 April Theophil Zwang dies at the age of 94. From 1960 to 1987 he taught bookbinding at the HfG.
The state of Hesse is acquiring land at the port in Offenbach for a new building for the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG). The purchase contract is concluded in April. The concrete planning for the new building of the entire university can now begin.
Friends of the HfG
On July 1, Hesse's Minister of Economics Tarek Al-Wazir joins the non-profit association freunde der hfg.
On 1 October the book "Offenbach am Main. Kultur im Sog des Nationalsozialismus" was presented. The study by historian Dr. Andreas Hansert was commissioned by the City of Offenbach and the HfG Offenbach and examines the role of Offenbach's cultural institutions and artistically and/or politically active personalities of the National Socialist era.
Prof. Bernd Kracke is re-elected President of the University by the enlarged Senate on 30 January. His third term of office runs from September 2018 to September 2024.
Prof. Alex Oppermann is elected as the new Dean of the School of Art, succeeding Prof. Klaus Hesse, who has been Dean for many years. Prof. Dr. Christian Janecke becomes the new Vice Dean, Prof. Heiner Blum remains Dean of Studies.
Prof. Siglinde Spanihel is retiring on 15 April after 31 years in her teaching field of furniture design and products for public spaces.
The artist and publicist Ariane Müller takes over the Friederichs endowed professorship for the winter semester 18/19 and teaches text and art.
In the winter semester of 18/19, the artist Kitty Kraus takes over the substitute professorship in the field of sculpture.
In the winter semester 18/19 Dr. Sebastian Lederle takes over the guest professorship in the field of perception theory.
Ari Leventopoulos, who worked at the HfG for 23 years, including in the art workshop, dies on 24 April.
Heike Schuppelius is appointed Professor of Stage Design/Scenic Space for the winter semester 18/19. She succeeds Prof. rosalie, who died in June 2017.
Matthias Wagner K, director of the Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, and Sebastian Oschatz, interaction designer and founder of Meso Digital Intersiors, are appointed honorary professors in the field of design on 15 June. Wagner K teaches curating in the field of design, Oschatz teaches interaction design.
In May, the HfG receives the seal of approval "Family-friendly University of Hesse" and is thus one of the 48 particularly committed institutions of the state with this award.
Women professors programme
The HfG prepares the documentation of the implementation of its equality concept and submits it to the BMBF in May. The documentation is evaluated positively and the HfG can submit up to three professorships within the framework of the Federal Female Professors Programme III.
Effective February 1, 2017 the financing of the Creativity in Urban Context Endowed Chair, which is currently held by Prof. Kai Vöckler, has been secured for a further five years by HfG Offenbach, the City of Offenbach, and Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft Offenbach (GBO).
At the department council’s meeting on February 8, 2017 the dean’s office of the Department of Visual Communication was reelected for three years. Prof. Klaus Hesse begins a third term of office as Dean, as does Prof. Rotraut Pape as Vice Dean. Prof. Heiner Blum was confirmed as Dean of Studies.
The author and book prize winner Frank Witzel has been appointed to the Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Foundation Endowed Professorship at HfG Offenbach as of winter semester 2017-18. He will teach in the Department of Text (School of Art) for two semesters.
Prof. rosalie died on September 12. The internationally renowned artist had been Professor of Stage Sets and Costumes at HfG Offenbach since 1995.
The application submitted under the auspices of HfG Offenbach to the LOEWE state funding program entitled “Infrastructure – design – society. Design research in mobility systems for the development of multi-modal, environmentally friendly mobility in the Rhine-Main conurbation” has been accepted. With the funding worth EUR 3,594,476 the participating universities and cooperation partners will be able to implement their research projects over a period of four years.
Worth EUR 10,000 and bestowed by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the 2017 Lessing Prize goes to the philosopher Juliane Rebentisch. She is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at HfG, and Vice-President of the university. This is the first time since Hannah Arendt was honored 60 years ago that the award has gone to a woman.
On November 15, 2016 Prof. Markus Holzbach was elected Dean of the School of Design. He succeeds Prof. Frank Georg, who had held the office since 2010. Prof. Klaus Klemp was elected Vice Dean. Prof. Petra Kellner is still Dean of Studies.
In Hans-Kurt Herbert, head of in-house services, and Manfred Kappel, head of technical in-house services, two HfG institutions with a total of 50 years’ service have retired.
The design historian and product designer Lore Kramer celebrates her 90th birthday in August. From 1956 until 1974 Lore Kramer was a lecturer in Ceramics at HfG’s predecessor institution, and until 1988 she taught as a professor in the Department of Product Design at HfG.
Prof. Dieter Lincke, Professor of Drawing, Illustration, and Book Design at HfG from 1979 until 2005, passed away on September 19, 2016.
In March, Minister of Higher Education Boris Rhein and the 13 university presidents signed the target agreements for 2016 to 2020. These determine specific targets and time frames with regard to implementation of the Hessen Higher Education Pact.
As of winter semester 2016-17, the artist Britta Thie has been appointed to the Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Foundation Endowed Professorship. She will teach Performance for two semesters.
After 12 months of intensive preparations by a working group comprising professors, editorial staff and students, the new HfG Offenbach website went online on February 18, 2015.
Higher Education Pact
On March 9, 2015 the Prime Minister of Hessen Volker Bouffier, the Minister of Higher Education Boris Rhein, and 13 presidents of universities in Hessen signed the Higher Education Pact for 2016 to 2020 in Wiesbaden.
As of winter semester 2015-16 the Departments of Visual Communication and Product Design are to be renamed the School of Art (for Visual Communication) and the School of Design (for Product Design).
For the next three years, HfG Offenbach is the seat of the German Aesthetics Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ästhetik, DGÄ). During this time Prof. Juliane Rebentisch, Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at HfG, will be president of the association. Its next congress will be held in February 2018 at HfG Offenbach.
On October 1, 2015 the State of Hessen announced what constituted a landmark decision for HfG Offenbach in favor of a new building in the Offenbach docks. This brought to an end a lengthy decision-making process that had begun with the Hessen university construction program HEUREKA I, which had concluded that the university was in need of a considerable amount of additional space. With the launch of the HEUREKA II program, the required new building can now be constructed.
Effective October 1, 2015, the artist Susanne M. Winterling has been appointed to the Chair of Sculpture (School of Art) at HfG Offenbach. She succeeds Wolfgang Luy, who had held the Chair since 1989 and who retired at the end of summer semester 2015.
Wolfgang Luy, former Professor of Sculpture, is retiring after 26 years at HfG Offenbach. At an official ceremony in the auditorium attended by well over 100 guests he was bid a befitting farewell. From 1989 to 2015 Wolfgang Luy was Professor of Sculpture at HfG, and Rector and President from 1996 until 2000.
Women professors programme
The HfG receives a positive decision on its participation in the federal professors programme II. The university receives federal funds to use these funds to proportionately finance an already defined professorship. The funds released will be used to implement additional gender equality measures.
After 25 years as the Chancellor of HfG Offenbach, Dr. Vera Sponheimer-Bram retired in June.
Dr. Susanne Eickemeier is the new Chancellor, and took office for six years on July 1.
As of the Winter semester, faculty of Product Design: Dr. Klaus Klemp, Deputy Director and Curator for Design at Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt was appointed Professor of Design Theory and Design History
Since July 2014, the HfG has exhibition spaces in the former Offenbach Customs office. The Customs Office Gallery can be used for exhibitions by HfG students and teachers from both faculties.
Prof. Adam Jankowski of the Visual Communications department, whose subject area was Painting, and Prof. Bernhard E. Bürdek of the Product Design department, whose subject area was the Methodology and Theory of Design, retired at the end of the summer semester. Jankowski had held his professorship for 26 years and Bürdek had been a professor at HfG for 34 years.
As of the winter semester in the Visual Communications department: Berlin-based artist Gunter Reski to the Chair in Painting, Alexander Oppermann to the Chair in Electronic Media, video and performance artist Julika Rudelius to the Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Endowed Chair in Electronic Art. In the Product Design department architect Dr. Alex Buck was awarded the Adjunct Chair in Brand and Design Strategy.
B3 Biennale of Moving Pictures
The first B3 Biennale of Moving Pictures took place in Frankfurt between October 30 and November 3 with Festival, Parcours and Campus. The organizer was HfG Offenbach, HfG President Prof. Bernd Kracke was in charge of the festival.
At the end of the winter term Prof. Burghart Schmidt retired after 13 years as Professor of Philosophy/Aesthetics. Between 2005 and 2011, Schmidt had been Vice-President of HfG.
Prof. Bernd Kracke’s second term as President of HfG started on September 15.
On April 4 HfG’s new Advisory Board was formed for the coming four years. It consists of ten members from the fields of business, the humanities and art.
The National Scholarship Program
The National Scholarship Program was introduced in the summer semester. The scholarships worth 300 euros per month were funded half by the Central Government and half by private benefactors.
As of the summer semester: Graduate physicist Werner W. Lorke as Prof. of New Materials and Technology in the Product Design department; as of the winter semester: Eike Köng as Professor of Illustration/Graphic Design and Dr. Juliane Rebentisch as Professor of Philosophy/Aesthetics in the Visual Communications department; Dr. Martin Gessmann as Professor of the Theories of Culture and Technology in the Product Design department.
Prof. Peter Eckart (Product Design department) and Prof. Marc Ries (Visual Communications department) were elected the new Vice-Presidents on March 24. On April 6 Prof. Klaus Hesse was elected the new Dean, Prof. Rotraut Pape the new Vice-Dean and Prof. Heiner Blum Dean of Studies in the Visual Communications department.
At the beginning of the summer semester 2011, in addition to the main campus on Schlossstrasse, the University started using premises on Geleitsstrasse 103.
The winter semester saw the opening of the first professionally run cafeteria for HfG. It is operated by Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt’s student union.
As of April 1, HfG started offering graduates from the fields of Art, Design, Media and related areas the opportunity to study for a PhD using a model combining academic knowledge with art and/or design.
Richard Fischer, a professor in the Product Design department of many years’ standing, died on February 28.
Sascha Lobe was appointed Professor of Typography, Dr. Marc Ries Professor of Sociology/Media Theory, and Alexander Oppermann Friederichs Endowed Professor of Interactive Design/Motion Design in the Visual Communications department; Dr. Markus Holzbach Professor of Materialization and Visualization. Interdepartmentally, urban planner Kai Vöckler was named Endowed Professor of Creativity in the urban context.
Prof. Frank Zebner was elected Dean of the Product Design department.
The college rented the Katharina von Bora house belonging to the city’s Protestant community and adjacent to the campus for the Product Design department’s foundation course.
On September 15, 1970, HfG was transformed into a Hessen State University of Art. HfG celebrated its anniversary under the motto “HfG XL 40 years of the University of Design Offenbach”.
With its satellite in Berlin, HfG opened a gallery in the German capital with separate living quarters where changing exhibitions by its students could take place.
Artist Martin Liebscher was appointed Professor of Photography. Frank Zebner accepted an invitation to become Professor of Technical Products and Product Systems in the Product Design department.
In the winter semester the tuition fees introduced one year earlier were abolished once again. They were replaced by QSL funding (funding to improve teaching quality).
Reconstruction work started on the façade of Isenburger Schloss and in the castle’s chapels.
HfG celebrated its 175th anniversary. The 10th guided tour of HfG was devoted to the anniversary. An alumni exhibition (July-August 2007) opened simultaneously at Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst. A festschrift entitled “Gestalte Create” was published
Prof. Peter Eckart, Professor of Product Design/Integral Design was elected Dean of the Product Design department.
Hamburg-based artist Mariola Brillowska was appointed Professor of Fine Art Drawing and Illustration. The artist Atak (alias Georg Barber) was named Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Endowed Professor of Illustration.
The Hessian Film and Media Academy was established on October 15 under the auspices of HfG. Additionally, the network initiative’s registered offices were located at HfG Offenbach.
In the winter semester tuition fees were introduced at Hessen’s further education establishments for the first time.
The ostpol° on Hermann Steinhäuser Strasse was opened. This campus comprised apartments for students and teaching rooms.
In the summer semester Dr. Martina Hessler was appointed Professor of Cultural and Technical History in the Product Design department; Dr. Christian Janecke was appointed Professor of the History of Art in the Visual Communications department.
Adam Jankowski, Professor of Painting, was elected Dean of the Visual Communications department. Bernd Kracke, Professor of Electronic Media, was elected the new president of HfG on September 15.
The Product Design department’s Institute of Technology-oriented Design Innovation (ITD) was established.
Kurt Steinel, former director and professor at HfG, died on September 10.
Professor Achim Menges was appointed to the Product Design department to teach specialist courses in Visualization and Materialization as of the 2005-06 winter semester.
Berlin-based artist Rotraut Pape was appointed Prof. of Film/Video.
The topping-out ceremony for the west wing was held on February 7. In March, the first floor at Isenburger Schloss was completed.
In July work started on the west wing, an extension to the main building.
Hamburg-based multimedia artist Bernd Kracke as Professor of Electronic Media, Düsseldorf-based graphic designer Klaus Hesse as Professor of Conceptual Design, Frankfurt-based designer Peter Eckart as Professor of Product Design
The Art Academy Act of the State of Hessen was replaced by the uniform Higher Education Act of the State of Hessen (HHG), which entitled HfG to appoint an outside expert as president.
The council elected lawyer Frank Mussmann as the School’s first president.
Philosopher Burghart Schmidt as Professor of Language and Aesthetics, Offenbach artist Heiner Blum as Professor of Design Basics and Experimental Spatial Concepts
Wolfgang Luy, Professor of Sculpture, elected Dean of HfG.
HfG organized a guided tour for the first time.
rosalie, a Stuttgart-based artist, joined HfG as a Professor of Stage Design.
Wolfgang Sprang, Professor of Graphic Design, elected Dean.
Frankfurt artist Manfred Stumpf was appointed Professor of Figurative Drawing.
HfG moved into its first rooms at Isenburger Schloss.
Austrian media artist Richard Kriesche was appointed Professor of Electronic Imaging.
The Product Design department created a Chair in Conceptual Design Strategies and Color Design (Prof. Petra Kellner)
Start of construction work on the long-planned extension building for the courses in Stage and Vehicle Design on November 26.
The department of Visual Communications passed new study and examination regulations and was divided up into four areas of specialization: Applied Design, Pure Design, Audiovisual Media, Stage Design.
Creation of a new Chair of Painting (Prof. Adam Jankowski).
A new position was created in the Visual Communications department: the Chair of Sculpture.
The Product Design department filled a newly created post in Furniture Design. The Architecture department was closed with effect from September 30.
Appointment of new professorships in Film, Language & Stage Design, and the creation of a post as Teacher for Special Purposes (Video) in the department of Visual Communications.
The department of Visual Communications decided to introduce course specialization in Graphics, AV Media and Stage Design/Set Design. A two-semester course in Postdiplom Studies for the Visual Communications and Product Design departments was authorized.
Hessen’s Ministry of Culture issued a decree on August 18 to close the Architecture Department with effect from September 30, 1983.
Degree examination regulations were introduced for the Graphic Design and Product Design departments.
Illustrator Prof. Kurt Steinel was elected Principal.
An art historian, Prof. Hans Voss, was elected the first Dean of HfG Offenbach.
of Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) as a University of Art and Design in the State of Hessen. The university comprised the Architecture, Graphic Design and Product Design departments.
The School Management and the Board of Trustees agreed on a charter for the establishment of a University of Art and Design.
Abolition of the old-style class system. A group of tutors taught in the three departments – Architecture with Interior Design, Graphics, Product Design with Ceramics, Leather, Textiles, and Furniture. In October, a “Manifesto on the State of the School of Applied Industrial Arts” was issued. The reconstruction work started on the partly destroyed school building in 1965 was completed.
An architect, Prof. Dieter Döpfner, was appointed Director of the School.
Dr. Hans Voss appointed Director of the School.
Henry Gowa appointed Director of the School of Applied Industrial Arts.
The school was now called Offenbacher Werkkunstschule (Offenbach School of Applied Industrial Arts).
The School for Master Craftsmen reopened in July. Director: Dr. Alexander Battes.
On April 18, teaching was halted on the orders of the military government. On October 8 an inquiry was received from the state government of Greater Hessen regarding under what conditions the School for Master Craftsmen could be reopened.
The school was renamed “Meisterschule für das gestaltende Handwerk” (School for Masters of the Design Trade”. The school building was seriously damaged by fire bombs.
The school was given a new name: “Meisterschule des Deutschen Handwerks” (School for Master Craftsmen in the German Craft Industry). The title was intended to convey the idea of “masterly skill”, i.e., not that of training master tradesmen.
The School of Engineering’s classes also went to Darmstadt. The result: The technical teaching institutions in Offenbach now consisted purely of a School of Arts and Crafts.
“As part of a new dirigiste organization of the vocational school system in the Rhine-Main region with the objective of centralizing the school system” the Nazis closed the School of Construction and relocated its classes to the “Landesbaugewerkschule” (State School for the Construction Trade) in Darmstadt.
When the Vocational School Act of December 14 came into force, the City of Offenbach became responsible for the school. The permanent staff were paid by the state and the institution’s material costs were borne by the City.
During World War I Hugo Eberhardt established the “Werkstätten und Berufsübungslazarett Technische Lehranstalten Offenbach a.M.” (Military Hospital’s Workshops and Technical Teaching Institutions for the Exercise of Professions in Offenbach/Main” in the newly finished school complex. His objective: to allow the wounded to be re-integrated into professional life. There were also workshops for orthopedic technicians where artificial limbs were built and tested.
Inauguration of and move into the school building next to Isenburger Schloss.
Start of construction work on the new school building planned by Professor Hugo Eberhardt next to a local castle, Isenburger Schloss.
The state government of Hessen authorized the School of Construction to be called “Baugewerkschule” (School for the Construction Trade).
Incorporation of a school of engineering, meaning that the technical institutes were now divided into: (1) School of Construction, (2) School of Engineering, (3) School of Art and Crafts, and (4) Crafts School
Change of name to “Technische Lehranstalten der Stadt Offenbach a. M.” (Technical Teaching Establishment of the City of Offenbach/Main). The school was now one of the educational establishments in Hessen that were 50% financed through public funding.
The school’s new official name was “Städt. Kunstgewerbe- und gewerbliche Fachschule zu Offenbach a. M.” (State Vocational School of Arts & Crafts and Trades in Offenbach/ Main)
The school was renamed the “Kunstgewerbeschule” (School of Arts and Crafts). The City erected a new school building on Mathildenplatz. The local and state trade associations made available starting capital of 40,000 marks from the profits of the 1879 State Trade Fair.
Merger between the two vocational education establishments, the Crafts School and the School of Industrial Art to form the “Vereinigte Kunstindustrie- und Handwerkerschule” (United School of Industrial Art and Crafts School).
The City itself took charge of the school but entered in on negotiations with the state trade association for a higher grant.
A sculptor named Keller assumed responsibility for the School of Industrial Art. At the same time, drawing courses for teachers at state schools were included in the teaching curriculum.
The planned School of Industrial Art was finally established on March 8 and its teaching schedule approved by the State Trade Association and the City.
The first teacher was building assessor Müller.
The state trade association, the local trade association and the Chamber of Commerce considered establishing a Municipal School of Industrial Art alongside the existing Crafts School. Delays in the establishment of the latter.
The City of Offenbach started paying a fixed grant of 150 guilders per year. Accordingly, the Lord Mayor became an advisory member of the trade association’s management board on matters relating to the Crafts School.
Übernahme der Schule durch den Gewerbeverein. Vertrag mit Fink, der als Lehrer übernommen wird. Die Schule ist als Sonntagsschule organisiert und mit einer Abendschule verbunden. Die Schüler zahlen 30 Kr. Schulgeld jährlich. Ihr Alter liegt durchschnittlich bei 15 Jahren.
The school received assistance from the “Verein zur Beförderung des Gewerbewesens” (Association for the Advancement of Skilled Trades) in Darmstadt in the form of sample texts as teaching material.
Surveyor Georg Fink established the “Offenbacher Handwerkerschule” (Offenbach Crafts School) as a private institute – on his own initiative, at his own expense and without financial support from the City.