The MFA faculty at the Roski School of Art and Design is made up of internationally recognized, working, professional artists. Permanent core faculty members are, Sharon Lockhart, and Charlie White.

Each semester, the core faculty is joined by a visiting core faculty member for the purpose of diversifying the discourse around student work. For the 2014-15 academic year, Tala Madani and A.L. Steiner will serve as visiting core faculty members.

All MFA students meet with each of the core faculty members at least twice per term. First-year MFA students undergo a midterm review with the graduate core faculty and a final review with the full Roski School of Art and Design faculty each semester.

Sharon Lockhart

lockhart_lunchbreak.jpg Associate Professor Sharon Lockhart has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at institutions including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Zürich, Kunstverein Hamburg, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, and the Vienna Secession. Lockhart is a past Radcliffe Fellow, Guggenheim Filmmaking Fellow, and a Rockefeller Fellow. Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Broad Art Foundation; LACMA; the Tate Modern, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the fall of 2011, her installation “Lunch Break” will be on view at MUMOK in Vienna and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Espai d'art Contemporani in Castell√≥, Spain in the winter of 2012. The exhibition of her new work, “Noa,” will open at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem in December 2011, followed by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June 2012.


Tala Madani

Prism1_Tala_bio.jpg Tala Madani (b. 1981) was born in Iran. She has an MFA in painting from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, USA, from 2006. Today, Madani lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

In her oeuvre Madani addresses political subjects, including power structures, masculinity and group dynamics. The contrast between humour and seriousness, play and harsh reality is ever-present in Madani's artistic rendering of veritably ritualistic, often absurd situations that oscillate between the figurative and the abstract. Madani's small paintings invite the viewer to attend situations in which the power structures and masculine roles are inverted. The men interact in ways that move us from laughter to reflection. Complex structures and emotional layers are added to each other until the given outcomes are annulled. Tala Madani's larger paintings often portray large groups of people, abstract gatherings where the individual is partly obliterated.

Madani's previous exhibitions include the renowned group exhibitions Speech Matters (2011) in the Danish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; Greater New York (2010) at P.S. 1 MoMA, New York; and The Generational: Younger than Jesus (2009) at the New Museum in New York. In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Bureau in Amsterdam.


A.L. Steiner


Visiting Assistant Professor and MFA Program Director A.L. Steiner uses constructions of photography, video, installation, collage, collaboration, writing, performance and curatorial work as seductive tropes channeled through the sensibility of an activated skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne. Steiner is a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of the project Ridykeulous, co-founder and co-organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) and collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists. Her works has been featured at such institutions as PS1/MoMA, Tate Modern, The New Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art. Publications include Stop Onestar Press (Onestar Press, 2003), Ridykeulous (Leo Koenig, 2006) and A.L. Steiner with Transformazium (Publication Studio, 2013). Public collections include The Museum of Modern Art, The Marieluise Hessel Collection and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Steiner is based in Los Angeles.


Charlie White

white_teen-trans1.jpg Associate Professor Charlie White has had solo gallery exhibitions at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; FA Projects, London; Loock Gallery, Berlin; Brandstrom Gallery, Stockholm; and LAXART, Los Angeles. Solo institutional exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum; Domus Artium in Salamanca, Spain; Oslo Kunstforening in Oslo, Norway; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, in Ridgefield, CT. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Spectator Sports, curated by Allison Grant at the Museum for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2013; the 2011 Singapore Biennial; Nine Lives, curated by Ali Subotnik at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 2009; The Puppet Show, curated by Ingrid Schafnner and Carin Kuoni for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, 2008; Art in America Now, organized by the Guggenheim Museum for the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art in China, 2007; and Sympathy For The Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, curated by Dominic Molon for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007. White's film, American Minor, 2008, was selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. White's most recent monographs include Such Appetite, Little Brown Mushroom, 2013, and American Minor, JPR | Ringier, 2009. His most recent project, Music For Sleeping Children, is an experimental pop album focusing on the lives of adolescent girls.