Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art
Office: Camino Hall 33A
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm by appointment; For Heterotopia Class students: Thursdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Can Bilsel is an architect and scholar specialized in modern architecture, museum displays and archaeological reconstructions. Bilsel received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He holds a Master of Science degree from MIT School of Architecture, and a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He joined the faculty of the University of San Diego in 2002 where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History. Dr. Bilsel is also the founding director of the University of San Diego’s Architecture Program.
Director of University Galleries
Professor of Practice, Art History
Office: Founders Hall 100
Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30am - 2:30pm; or by appointment
Derrick Cartwright has taught a variety of art history courses at USD, most of them between 1992 and 1998, when he was an Assistant Professor in the department. He has also led major art institutions in Giverny, France, in Hanover, New Hampshire, San Diego, and Seattle before returning to USD in the fall of 2012 to fill a newly created position as Director of University Galleries and Professor of Practice. He is eager to engage students in the practical dimensions of working with art objects and collections as well as in the theoretical stakes of art historical research.
Lecturer, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 161F
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:15pm - 3:15pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:15 - 1:30pm (some Thursday office hours will be held after 1:30pm due to Senior Thesis defense)
Andrew Cross attended the Maine College of Art in Portland where he received his B.F.A. in photography in 1999. He remained in Portland, Maine, continued to teach photography in adult education, and worked in the commercial photography business. New England is where he first started his body of work and continued to travel across country to explore his photographic vision. With a strong interest and influence of the western landscape he pursued a M.F.A .in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Cross then moved to Los Angeles to work as a freelance photographer and continue his personal focus on the urban and rural American landscape. His photographs are published and exhibited nationally. He continues to work commercially when not teaching or working on his personal work.
Assistant Professor, New Media
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:30pm; or by appointment
Victoria Fu, MFA, teaches New Media courses at USD about film, video and time-based art. She previously taught Media/New Practices in the Department of Art at American University and is a visual artist who works in moving images, photography and drawing. Her work has been exhibited at De Appel, Amsterdam; Zona Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; Gallery Loop, Seoul, Korea; Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador; Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York; among others. She has worked on curatorial and editorial projects for Éditions Centre Pompidou, Jasper Johns Catalogue Raisonné, Afterall Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, USC Fisher Gallery, Otis College of Art+Design and the Musée d’Orsay. She is co-founder of ARTOFFICE.org, an organization established in 2006 dedicated to artists' film and video. Recipient of a 2008 Art Matters Grant, she was a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and artist-in-residence at Skowhegan and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Professor, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 6
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30am - 10:00am
John Halaka is professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of San Diego, where he has taught since 1991. He is an activist artist whose creative work serves as a vehicle for meditation on personal, cultural and political concerns. He creates images and produces documentary films that raise questions, for himself as well as for the viewer, about some of the pressing issues of our time. The primary focus of his work over the past two and a half decades can be summarized as an ongoing reflection on the frailty and resilience of the human condition and the persistent search for self-realization in the face of personal and cultural self-delusion.
Distinguished Lecturer, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 16
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays ARTV-101 from noon - 1:30pm; ARTV 304 from 3:00pm - 3:30pm and 6:40pm - 7:40pm
Bill Kelly is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor as well as co-director of Brighton Press, an internationally known fine press artists’ book publisher, which he founded in 1980. Brighton Press books are housed in more than one hundred museum and library collections. His personal work is housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio. Kelly was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002 and continues making art and books in Vermont and California.
Assistant Professor, Architecture
Office: Camino Hall 46
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays noon - 2:00pm; or by appointment
Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor in Architecture whose practice moves across academic and professional research in search of ways to expand the discipline of architecture in unprecedented ways.
Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
Office: Camino Hall 33B
Office Hours: on sabbatical
Juliana Maxim, PhD, teaches the history and theory of art and architecture. Her work centers on 20th century art, architecture and urbanism in Eastern Europe and on the relation between representation and political regimes, as well as on the question of "other" modernisms. Her PhD dissertation, "The New, the Old, the Modern: Architecture and its Representation in Socialist Romania, 1955-1965" (MIT, 2006) examines how the architectural culture of postwar Romania sustained the regime's attempt to transform inhabitation and the city into a new collectivist environment.
Professor, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 33 Greenhouse
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm and Fridays 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Duncan E. McCosker is a professor of Art and has taught undergraduate courses in a variety of media, specializing in photography. He has taught here and in France and Japan. His creative work in photography is focused on contemporary leisure and recreational space in Southern California and Australia with a special interest in the American experience.
Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 103
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00pm - 2:30pm and 5:20pm - 5:50pm and Tuesdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saba Oskoui established the Visual Communications and the Computer Art areas of emphasis at the University of San Diego. In addition to her teaching, Oskoui has served as the Visual Arts Program coordinator and the Design Internship coordinator. She is one of the Visual Arts senior thesis advisors, and the coordinator for the Visual Arts junior reviews. Oskoui oversees the Visual Communications area of emphasis at the Department of Art.
Assistant Professor, Art History
Office: Founders Hall 104
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm and Tuesdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Jessica Patterson, PhD, combines interests in Asian languages and comparative religion with training in the history and theory of art. Her research focuses on the art and architecture of East and Southeast Asia, emphasizing the cultural collisions and intersections that characterized the nineteenth century.
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
Office: Camino Hall 47
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30am - 4:30pm
Allison Wiese, an assistant professor, teaches sculpture and related topics. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is the recipient of a 2007 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.
Professor, Art History
Office: Founders Hall 104
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Sally Yard, PhD, joined the faculty in 1989, and served as chair of the department of Art from 1992 through 1997. Yard writes about art since the second world war. Her research interests stretch from the emergence of abstract expressionism in the United States to the relationship of art and its publics—whether in the contentious terrain of San Diego / Tijuana or the reflective realm of a museum garden.