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Search Color Theory

Name Expertise/Interests Department
Assistant Professor


Kraig Cavanaugh

Art History, Color Theory

Area of Expertise

19th & 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art history, Color Theory, Design, Art Criticism

Kraig Cavanaugh is an art critic, art history & studio art educator, artist, author, and curator. Receiving both his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), he trained with artists such as Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Mary Kelly, and Mike Kelley. His specialties as an art instructor are Color Theory & Design and 19th and 20th-century Art History. Writing freelance art reviews for such print-magazines as Artweek and [San Diego] Gallery News since 1993, Cavanaugh currently contributes art reviews to the online arts forum (2013–present). Additionally, he was invited to become a member of the International Association of Art Critics-United States (AICA-USA) in 2011. He was also the art critic for the online journal (from 2009 to 2011), where he received awards of excellence from the San Diego Press Club (1st-place Arts Reviewing in 2009 & 1st-place Arts Reporting in 2012).

Role at Mesa

Adjunct Instructor, Art


  • Master of Fine Art, Studio Art, California Institute of the Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Studio Art, California Institute of the Arts