Margaret Lazzari is an artist, writer and Professor of Art at the Roski School of Fine Arts of the University of Southern California. She is also the Associate Dean of Faculty. In addition to her artwork, Lazzari is the co-author of Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, an art appreciation text with equal representation of Western and non-Western art. She is also the author of The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist. Both books are published by Cengage. A third book, an innovative text on drawing, is scheduled for publication by Cengage in early 2013. Lazzari received a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship for works on paper in 1995. Her MFA degree, with an emphasis in painting and drawing is from Washington University in St. Louis.