Roski Talks: Sam Dewey and Rachel Zaretsky

Oct 12, 7pm
Roski Graduate Building
Los Angeles Arts District

Roski Talks Presentation 
by Sam Dewey and Rachel Zaretsky



Roski Graduate Building
1262 Palmetto Street
Los Angeles



Reservations required here.

COVID Requirements for attendance:

Please note: This event will require masks indoors and outdoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household while consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event. To notify the university of a positive case of COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email

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The Speakers

USC Roski graduates Sam Dewey and Rachel Zaretsky who both won a USC Roski Macomber Travel Grant. At this Roski Talks, these Roski alums will discuss their work that was produced from winning this award.

Rachel Zaretsky is an artist and curator born in Miami and lives in Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York and an MFA in Art from the USC Roski School of Art and Design. She works through performance, video and photography to challenge our relationship to the creation of collective memory. She studies the compulsion to collect and create personal archives of digital images and treat them as malleable material. Through an inquiry-based art practice, Zaretsky examines how modes of representation can portray absence, how we process loss and our desire to preserve through memorialization.

Sam Dewey’s work stems from connections to landscape and memory of places. For her Design work at USC, Sam investigated how clothing can form connections between body and land through the natural dye process. She uses native LA plants to create color palettes that reflect the local Los Angeles landscape. She earned her MFA in Design at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.