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USC Roski School of Fine Arts

Fine arts student Amanda Koosed and her classmates had the opportunity to display their work at a senior showcase held in the Santa Fe and Pacific Electric lofts, downtown retail spaces transformed by arts organization Phantom Galleries LA, which frequently holds Roski undergraduate shows around Los Angeles.

The USC Gayle Garner Roski 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 and designers 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 (M.F.A.) and public art studies (M.P.A.S.).

Each year the school attracts approximately 275 undergraduate majors, over 1,000 liberal arts students and 50 graduate students. The Master of Fine Arts program has become one of the most competitive in the nation. It boasts exceptional facilities for its students, including spacious individual studios, as well as an extraordinary lecture series and an annual student publication.

The name of this program will change to the Master of Arts, Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere in fall 2011.
The Master of Public Art Studies functions as a hub for critically rethinking the role of art in the public sphere and analyzing art’s complex engagements with social space. The school’s undergraduate programs provide students with a strong foundation in traditional artistic media such as painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, photography and sculpture, while its design and digital media areas are devoted to expanding the role of technology in the visual arts. Students are encouraged to combine and bridge these approaches in order to push the perceived boundaries of these media and discover their individual creative voices.

As a place to study art, Southern California is unparalleled with major museums such as the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Pacific Asia Museum, the Norton Simon Museum and the Hammer Museum. Los Angeles is also home to hundreds of commercial galleries and alternative spaces, many in close proximity to the campus, which are an integral aspect of the creative environment of the city. The overwhelming number of 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


Rochelle Steiner, Ph.D.


Professors: Jud Fine, M.F.A.; Robbert Flick, M.F.A.*; Margaret Lazzari, M.F.A.*; Ron Rizk, M.F.A.; Ruth Weisberg, M.A.*

Associate Professors: Bob Alderette, M.F.A.; Sharon Lockhart, M.F.A.; Margit Omar, M.F.A.*; Charlie White, M.F.A.

Assistant Professors: Joshua Decter, B.A.; Frances Stark, M.F.A.; Andrea Zittel, M.F.A.

Full-time Lecturers: Rhea Anastas, Ph.D.; Caroline Clerc, M.F.A.; Shannon Ebner, M.F.A.; Sherin Guirguis, M.F.A.; Karen Koblitz, M.F.A.; Haven Lin-Kirk, M.F.A.; Ann Page, B.F.A.; Julia Paull, M.F.A.

Part-time Lecturers: China Adams, M.F.A.; Edgar Arcenaux, M.F.A.; Tanya Batura, M.F.A.; Tad Beck, M.F.A.; Kenny Berger, M.F.A.; Anne Bray, M.F.A.; Delia Brown, M.F.A.; Justin Bua, M.F.A.; Kristin Calabrese, M.F.A.; Steve Child, M.F.A.; Donna Conwell, M.A.; Molly Corey, M.A.; Janet Owen Driggs, M.F.A.; Bart Exposito, M.F.A.; Lauri Firstenberg, Ph.D.; Eve Fowler, M.F.A.; Xavier Fumat, M.F.A.; Malik Gaines, M.F.A.; Oona Gardner, M.F.A.; Ligeia Gorre, M.A.; Susan Gray, M.F.A.; Phyllis Green, M.F.A.; LouAnne Greenwald, M.F.A.; Bruce Hainley, M.F.A.; Robert Herbst, M.F.A.; Carmine Iannacone, M.F.A.; Patrick Jackson, M.F.A.; Roman Jaster, B.F.A.; Stanya Kahn, M.F.A.; Esther Kim, M.F.A.; Helen Kim, M.F.A.; Alex Klein, M.F.A.; Caryl Levy, M.A.; Karen Liebowitz, M.F.A.; Ryan Logan, M.F.A.; Barbara McCarren, M.F.A.; Carter Mull, M.F.A.; Karen Moss Familian, Ph.D.; Thomas Muller, M.F.A.; Trevor Norris, M.F.A.; Brian Olson, B.A.; Richard Parker, M.F.A.; Jennifer Phelps, M.F.A.; Pierre Picot, M.F.A.; Thomas Schorer, M.F.A.; Alex Slade, M.F.A.; Carol Stakenas, M.A.; Caroline Thomas, M.F.A.; Osvaldo Trujillo, M.F.A.; Erika Vogt, M.F.A.; Alexis Weidig, M.F.A.; Jennifer West, M.F.A.; Ewa Wojciak, M.F.A.; Mark Wyse, M.F.A.

Emeritus Professors: Keith A. Crown, B.F.A.; Kenneth Price, M.F.A.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.