The USC Roski School of Art and Design announced what it called a “transformative group hire.”
Artists Suzanne Lacy, Edgar Arceneaux, Keith Mayerson, Kori Newkirk and Patty Chang will join the Roski School’s senior faculty as of the 2016-2017 academic year.
USC said the new artist hires “signals the school’s dedication to playing a key role in the broader Los Angeles, national and global art communities” and that the new faculty members “represent the most exciting aspects of cross-disciplinary practice, traversing pure aesthetics and social activism.”
Leveraging our enviable position in a major comprehensive university, the only major research university that boasts six independent art schools as well as schools of social work, public policy and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been a strategic goal since 2013,” said USC Roski Dean Erica Muhl. “We are steadfast in preparing our students to thrive in a more complex art world.”
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Lacy is an international artist, pioneering feminist and social activist who was part of artist Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art Program at both Fresno State and CalArts and was chair of fine arts and creator of the MFA program in public practice at Otis College of Art and Design, as well as a founding faculty member at Cal State Monterey Bay, among other academic positions.
“These transformative hires will continue the school’s tradition of excellence,” added Vice Dean of Art Nao Bustamante, “while breaking new ground in visual arts pedagogy, practice and research.”