USC Roski exhibition spotlights talented undergrads


USC News April 20, 2012

By Shirley Shin

In conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC will host another celebration of the arts this weekend – the opening of The One and the Many, the 2012 edition of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts Annual Undergraduate Exhibition.

Showcasing the most exemplary work by USC Roski students during the past academic year, the annual exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art represents the varied approaches to contemporary art-making – from traditional representation to conceptually based projects – and includes work in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, video and graphic design.

“The arts are a vital force within our research university. This exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum – and the wealth of talent on display – is a reminder to our community of the critical role that the fine arts and design must play in developing creativity, critical thinking and an appreciation of our shared human condition,” said USC Roski dean Rochelle Steiner, who as former chief curator of the Serpentine Gallery in London curated one-person and group shows with internationally acclaimed artists, such as John Currin, Ellsworth Kelly, Takashi Murakami and Cindy Sherman, among others.

Steiner, with USC Roski faculty members Jennifer West and Chris Barnard, co-curated this year’s exhibition.

“Many of the undergraduates whose work was selected for the exhibition are not only fine arts majors, but also dual majors in a range of disciplines, and their work represents the mentorship and care of USC Roski faculty in cultivating expression and encouraging students to articulate their ideas in a range of media,” Steiner said.

“The USC Fisher Museum of Art is proud to once again host the annual student exhibition. It is especially exciting to open this exhibition at the same time as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books,” said museum director Selma Holo, who also serves as director of the International Museum Institute at USC. “The coincidence of the exhibition and the festival brings a big, often new audience to the USC Fisher Museum. We know that all of our visitors will celebrate the vital creative work of our USC students, shown as they will be, in a professional museum setting.”

The One and the Many will be on display at the USC Fisher Museum of Art from April 21 through Commencement on May 11, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. There will be special visiting hours during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.