The MFA faculty at the Roski School of Fine Arts is made up of internationally recognized, working, professional artists. Permanent core faculty members are Jud Fine, Sharon Lockhart, Frances Stark, 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. In the fall of 2012, Paul Sietsema 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 Fine Arts faculty each semester.
Professor Jud Fine recently completed two major public environments in Southern California. One, “Seven Spots & A Line,” is a linear address of singular communities connected through landscape over thirteen miles. "Waterline," the more recent of the two, posits parallel cultures in coastal communities using hardscape, sculpture, and vista. Since 1996, Fine has collaborated on studio and public works with Barbara McCarren, completing over seventeen projects and exhibiting in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, and Bangkok. Over a forty-year career, Fine has shown his work in Edinburgh, in Paris, and at Documenta in Kassel, Germany, and has had solo exhibitions at Riko Mizuno Gallery and Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. Fine is included in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Guggenheim Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
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 Castelló, 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.
Assistant Professor Frances Stark has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham England, Secession in Vienna, greengrassi in London, Marc Foxx in Los Angeles, van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and Galerie Daniel Buchholz in Cologne. Currently, her first U.S. museum survey is on view at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Stark has been in important group shows, including “Restless Empathy” at the Aspen Art Museum, “Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, “Learn to Read” at the Tate Modern, “Fit to Print” at Gagosian Gallery, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Also a noted writer, Stark's Collected Writing: 1993–2003 was published in 2003. Another book, Frances Stark: Collected Works followed in 2007. In the fall of 2010, the MIT List Visual Arts Center published a book of her writing to accompany her survey show. Stark's artworks are included in public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Associate Professor Charlie White has exhibited internationally in museums such as the ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany; the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Oberösterreichisches Landesumuseum, Linz, Austria; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and the Oslo Kunstforening, Olso, Norway.
Numerous monographs of White's work have been published, including American Minor, published in 2009 by JRP | Ringier, and Charlie White, published in 2006 by Domus Artium on the occasion of the exhibition of White's Everything Is American series of photographs. Most recently, White was included in "Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A." at the Hammer, curated by Ali Subotnik, and had a solo exhibition titled "Spilling Hot Gossip" at the Oslo Kunstforening. In addition to exhibitions, White's short film, titled American Minor, was an official selection for both the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and the 2009 Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Along with photography and film works, White exhibited his first animation in the fall of 2008, titled OMG BFF LOL, and recently published two essays: “Minor Threat” in the LACMA publication Words Without Pictures, and “Cut and Paste: The Collage Impulse Today” in Artforum.
Visiting core faculty member Paul Sietsema has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Regen Projects in Los Angeles. He has participated in many significant group shows, including “Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; “Progress” at the Whitney Museum of American Art; “Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International” at the Carnegie Museum of Art; and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. His work is included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship in 2008, and a Wexner Center Residency Award in 2010. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.
Visiting core faculty member 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 cynical queer eco-feminist androgyne. Steiner is a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of the project Ridykeulous, and a founding member of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), and she collaborates with numerous visual and performing artists. Most recently, her site-specific photographic installation Angry, Articulate, Inevitable was part of P.S.1./MoMA's 2010 Greater New York, and her video works Community Action Center and C.L.U.E. were recently featured at the Tate Modern, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art. Her book Stop Onestar Press was published by Onestar Press in 2003 and her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. She was awarded a 2010 Art Matters grant and was a featured lecturer at the 2011 Warhol Foundation Arts Writers/Creative Capital symposium. Steiner is based in Brooklyn, NY.