University of Southern California
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USC School of Fine Arts

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Centrally located in one of the world's most important centers for the exhibition, production and distribution of visual culture, the USC School of Fine Arts has one of the best internship programs on the west coast paving the way to exciting career opportunities for its students.

The USC School of Fine Arts provides a well-balanced education in the creative, interpretive and critical processes essential to practicing art. In lectures, seminars, studio work and one-on-one meetings, faculty and students energetically challenge fixed notions of art and culture. The distinguished, dedicated faculty comprises leading artists exhibiting in museums and galleries throughout the world. The school offers B.F.A. and B.A. degrees for undergraduate studies and Master's degrees in Fine Arts and Public Art Studies.

Each year the school attracts approximately 275 undergraduate majors, over 1,000 liberal arts students and 50 graduate students. As the first art school in the region, the USC School of Fine Arts is committed to the frontier of artistic exploration. The school's intermedia area is devoted to the expanding role of technology in the visual arts, while maintaining a strong foundation in traditional artistic practice. This broad-based education imbues students with an appreciation for the variety of artistic expression yet encourages them to discover their individual creative voices.

The school boasts excellent facilities. Equipped with 15 workstations supporting all intermedia software, the new Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab is among the most sophisticated, up-to-date digital studios of its kind in a school of fine arts. Also opening in 2005, the Makens Family Painting and Drawing Wing will offer brand new classrooms specifically designed for the interaction of traditional media and state-of-the-art technology. Other facilities include two spacious photography studios with all new equipment and superb studios for woodwork, metalwork and ceramics. The Architecture and Fine Arts Library houses more than 75,000 volumes, including unique special collections and more than 250,000 slides. USC is a major cultural center in Los Angeles, and work by students, faculty and renowned artists is regularly exhibited at the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, the new F2 Graduate Gallery and the USC Fisher Gallery.

Southern California provides a fertile cultural environment for the practice and study of fine arts. In Los Angeles, there are more galleries and museums per capita than anywhere else on the planet. These include the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Norton Simon Museum, and the Pacific Asia Museum, as well as hundreds of commercial galleries and alternative spaces, many in close proximity to the campus. Museums, galleries, advertising agencies, design firms, artist studios, and the music and film industries offer a wealth of internship and employment opportunities.

Watt Hall of Architecture and Fine Arts 104
(213) 740-2787
FAX: (213) 740-8938


Ruth Weisberg, M.A., Dean


Professors: David Bunn, M.F.A.; Jud Fine, M.F.A.; Robbert Flick, M.F.A.*; Kenneth Price, M.F.A.; Ron Rizk, M.F.A.; Ruth Weisberg, M.A.*; Jay S. Willis, M.A.

Associate Professors: Bob Alderette, M.F.A.; Margaret Lazzari, M.F.A.*; Sharon Lockhart, M.F.A.; Margit Omar, M.F.A.*; Gary Simmons, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor: Charlie White, M.F.A.

Lecturers: Lisa Auerbach, M.F.A.; Tad Beck, M.F.A.; Kenny Berger, M.F.A.; Anne Bray, M.F.A.; Justin Bua, M.F.A.; Jedediah Caesar, M.F.A.; Christopher Chinn, M.F.A.; Caroline Clerc, M.F.A.; Robbie Conal, M.F.A.; Jessica Cusick, M.A.; Drew Dominick, M.F.A.; Shannon Ebner, M.F.A.; David Folender, M.F.A.; Keiko Fukazawa, M.F.A.; Bia Gayotto, M.F.A.; Douglas Gilbert, M.F.A.; Sherin Guirguis, M.F.A.; Carmine Iannacone, M.F.A.; Wm. Everett Kane, M.F.A.; Helen Kim, M.F.A.; Karen Koblitz, M.F.A.; Cindy Kolodziejski, M.F.A.; Arzu Kosar, M.F.A.; Caryl Levy, M.A.; Ferdinand Lewis, M.A.; Haven Lin-Kirk, M.F.A.; Barbara McCarren, M.F.A.; Karen Moss, Ph.D.; Sandeep Mukherjee, M.F.A.; Thomas Muller, M.F.A.; Trevor Norris, M.F.A.; Brian Olson, B.A.; Janet Owen, M.F.A.; Jorge Pardo, M.F.A.; Richard Parker, M.F.A.; Julia Paull, M.F.A.; Kelly Poe, M.F.A.; Lauren Richardson, M.F.A.; Thomas Schorer, M.F.A.; Francesco Siqueros, M.F.A.; Brad Spence, M.F.A.; Frances Stark, M.F.A.; Joel Tauber, M.F.A.; Linda Venis, Ph.D.; Erika Vogt, M.F.A.; Alexis Weidig, M.F.A.; Sarah Welch, M.A.; Holly Willis, Ph.D.; Ewa Wojciak, M.F.A.; David Yamamoto, M.F.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Hisako Asano, M.F.A.; Ann Page, B.F.A.

Emeritus Professors: Keith A. Crown, B.F.A.; Edgar Ewing, B.F.A.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.