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Chelsea Behle Fralick

Lecturer, Art History
crbfralick@sandiego.edu
619-260-4168

Office: CH-34

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm (CH-34/La Paloma Cafe)

Chelsea R. Behle Fralick is an art historian and freelance writer/editor from San Diego, California. She received her B.A. in Art History (emphasis in Public Art and Architecture) from USD, and a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies degree from MIT’s School of Architecture. She has written on topics within California Beat art and film, as well as on California performance and video art, modern and contemporary architecture, and art of the public sphere. She is a member of the College Art Association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, and the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture.

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Michele Burgess, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
mburgess@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2624

Office: Camino Hall 16

Michele Burgess is a visual artist and director of Brighton Press—a nationally known fine arts press—where she applies printmaking, painting and sculpture to the creation of artists’ books. In addition, she collaborates with other artists and poets on projects that involve the book as an art medium. Her artist’s book, “Sleeping Inside the Glacier” (including etchings and cast bronze sculpture), was included in the “Book as Art” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. A retrospective of her work in book art was held at the Museum of American Art in Giverny, France, and traveled to the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego. Her collaborative work with poets and artists was featured in Brighton Press’ exhibition in 2004 at the Oceanside Museum of Art, in Oceanside, California. Burgess’ artist’s books and other works are held in more than fifty public collections across the USA, Canada, and France, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco, Fresno Art Museum, Houghton Library Special Collections at Harvard University, Lilly Library at Indiana University, Stanford University Library, Minneapolis Institute of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Newberry Library in Chicago, New York Public Library, and the Toledo Art Museum. Burgess has been exhibiting actively for thirty years, and has served as guest lecturer, curator, and artist-in-residence at numerous museums, universities, and arts organizations.

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Lauren Buscemi

Lecturer, Art History
lbuscemi@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2624

Lauren Buscemi has taught Art History at the University of San Diego since 2005, focusing on 20th and 21st century Art and Visual Culture. In January 2011, Buscemi taught in Barcelona on ‘Barcelona and Modernity’ through the University of San Diego’s international exchange program.

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Andrew Cross, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
andrew.cross@sandiego.edu

Office: Camino Hall 161F

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.

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Adriana Eloisa Cuellar

Lecturer, Architecture
acuellar@sandiego.edu

Adriana Cuéllar ­is principal of CRO studio with her partner Marcel Sanchez, an architectural design practice with experimental urban research projects. She received her Bachelor of Architectur­e from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and holds a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she won the Annual Award for Excellence in Housing Design for the architectural and urban proposals for Huixquilucan, México. She received the 2006-2007 Rome Prize Fellowship in Design by the American Academy in Rome, where she pursued her interest on the trajectory with her partner, and developed methodologies of sequential mapping that unveil textures of change and erosion in urban fabrics.

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Robert Duarte, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
rduarte@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2280

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Eva Friedberg, PhD

Lecturer, Art History
evajf@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4168

Office: Camino Hall 34

Eva J. Friedberg received her PhD in the Program in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She has been working in the department of Art as an Art History lecturer since 2006. Her course offerings include Introduction to Modern Architecture, The Art and Architecture of Los Angeles, and The City and Utopia. Her current research focuses on postwar American architecture and urbanism, the counterculture, avant-garde art and performance of the 1960s, and landscape.

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Miya Hannan, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
mhannan@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2280

Office: Camino Hall 34 / 102

Miya Hannan has taught two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, web design, and drawing at colleges in San Diego after receiving an MFA with Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute. As an artist, she works on sculptures, paintings, and installations. Her artwork presents the structure of the world as a conjoined totality, evoking a spiritual quality beyond materiality. Before coming to the United States she earned a medical technology degree and then worked seven years for a hospital in Japan.

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Dan Levenson, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
danlevenson@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-20

Dan Levenson’s is a Los Angeles-based artist working across a wide range of media. Exhibitions include PARTICIPANT, INC, White Columns, Vox Populi, Columbia University, Cabinet, ISCP, Triangle Artists’ Space, LAXART, and elsewhere. He’s been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies and artist in residence at USF Verftet in Norway. He was a participant at Skowhegan in 2009. He is a 2006 Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant recipient.

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Victoria Lobis, PhD

Curator of Print Collection and Fine Art Galleries
Lecturer, Art History

Victoria Sancho Lobis was appointed in 2009 as the inaugural curator of University of San Diego’s print collection and fine arts galleries. She worked to develop USD’s exhibition program, build the print collection, and develop strategies to encourage student and faculty involvement with the print collection and art exhibitions. Her research interests include old master prints and drawings, artistic training, and the history of collecting.

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Maryann Luera

Lecturer, Visual Arts
mluera@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2280

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Elana Mann, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
elanamann@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-20

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John Marciari, PhD

Visiting Professor, Art History
Curator of Italian and Spanish Painting, San Diego Museum of Art
jmarciari@sdmart.org

Office: San Diego Museum of Art

John Marciari, PhD, became the curator of Italian and Spanish Painting and the head of Provenance Research at the San Diego Museum of Art in 2008. He was previously the Nina & Lee Griggs Associate Curator of Early European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Marciari’s work focuses particularly on aspects of artistic practice in Italy and Spain during the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

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Carol McCusker, PhD

Visiting Professor, Art History
carolmc@sandiego.edu

Carol McCusker, PhD, curated more than thirty exhibitions in her eight years as Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. These include "First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot" and "The Birth of Photography, American Noir: The Photographs of James Fee", "The Roads Most Traveled: Migration Photographs by Don Bartletti," and "Public Privacy: Wendy Richmond’s Surreptitious Cellphone." Such diverse curating, from the first photographs to cameraphone technology, reveals McCusker’s enthusiasm for photography’s range, from its earliest manifestations as a seemingly objective record to contemporary themes that expand our understanding the complex world around us.

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Lilly McElroy, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
lillymcelroy@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: Camino Hall 20A

Lilly McElroy is a visual artist living and working in Los Angeles.

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Danielle Michaelis-Castillo, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
dmichaelis@sandiego.edu
619-260-4168

Office: Camino Hall 34

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:20 - 2:20 pm

Danielle Michaelis-Castillo currently teaches Art Fundamentals for Liberal Studies majors. She also serves as a lead artist at the non-profit organization CoTA (Collaborations: Teacher and Artists), providing professional development in arts integration for elementary school teachers in San Diego County Schools. Her scholarly and creative work focus on the intersection between community art and its therapeutic value for underserved youth.

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Whitney Moon

Lecturer, Architecture
whitneymoon@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2624

Office: Camino Hall 45

Whitney Moon is a licensed architect in California, who is currently working on her PhD in architectural history and theory at UCLA. She joined the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at USD as an architectural lecturer in Fall 2010.

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Michael Mulno, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
michaelmulno@SanDiego.edu

As an undergraduate student Michael Mulno studied photography and its history at Arizona State University. He furthered his formal education in photography under the guidance of Nicholas Nixon at the Massachusetts College of Art, where he received a MFA in Photography. Since then, Mulno has had a specific interest in describing the world through the use of an 8 x 10 inch view camera.

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Alison O'Daniel, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
aodaniel@sandiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: Camino Hall 20

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Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
tatiana-08@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-27

Susan Peerson

Susan Peerson

Adjunct Lecturer
speerson@sandiego.edu

Sue Peerson is principal of peerson+design+consult specializing in urban design, city planning, campus planning, and landscape architecture. She has developed a keen understanding of how to integrate physical plans within the political, social, and environmental context. She received her Bachelor of Science in City & Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design where she won The Faculty Medal in Landscape Architecture and Medal of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has licensure with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and she was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve on the City of San Diego Planning Commission in 2012 to help shape the city’s land use policy and design framework.

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Robert L. Pincus, PhD

Visiting Professor, Art History
robert.pincus@sandiego.edu

Robert Pincus, PhD, has been a lecturer at USD since 1998. His course “Art Now: Critical Thinking About Art” focuses on art history since 1960, with discussion and writings on notable exhibitions at museums and galleries. This seminar, which combines readings in art criticism and theory with student writings on notable local exhibitions, is rooted in his extensive experience as an art critic.

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Ariel Plotek, PhD

Lecturer, Art History
aplotek@sandiego.edu

Ariel Plotek is an Assistant Curator at the San Diego Museum of Art. His main field of expertise is Modern European art, particularly French art of the 19th century. At the San Diego Museum of Art, Dr. Plotek has organized a wide variety of loan exhibitions and focused presentations of the permanent collection, from photojournalism to plein air painting. Notably, he was the curator of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris: Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art. He has taught seminars at USD on 20th century Art as well as the history of Realism.

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Chris Puzio

Lecturer, Visual Arts
puzio@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-P3

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Iana Quesnell, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
ianaquesnell@sandiego.edu

Office: Camino Hall P3

Iana Quesnell has been a member of the faculty since 2008. Quesnell teaches Foundations and Form, a sculpture class in the undergraduate Visual Arts department.

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Matt Rich, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
mattrich@SanDiego.edu

Matt Rich has an MFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in visual art and history of art and architecture from Brown University. His paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Samsøn Projects in Boston, BravinLee and DODGEgallery in New York, and devening projects+editions in Chicago. He has received fellowships from the Terra Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work has been reviewed by Modern Painters, Artforum, Art Papers and the Boston Globe.

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Brianna Rigg, MFA

Lecturer, Visual Arts
briannarigg@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-P3

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Brianna Rigg

Lecturer, Visual Arts
briannarigg@SanDiego.edu
619-260-2280

Office: CH-P3

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Tatiana Sizonenko, PhD

Lecturer, Art History
tsizonenko@SanDiego.edu
619-260-4168

Office: CH-34

Tatiana Sizonenko is an art historian, curator, and educator. Sizonenko received her Ph.D. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation, “Artists as Agents in Venice, 1450-1550: The Artistic Exchange and Cultural Translation between Venice and Constantinople—The Case of Gentile Bellini,” examines instances of artistic exchange in the context of diplomacy and politics in the Mediterranean. In addition, her work has focused on the interrelations between artists and humanists in sixteenth century Renaissance art. Several of her conference papers discuss the influence of humanist debates in Venice on the works by Gentile Bellini and Giorgione.

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Diego Velasco

Lecturer, Architecture
dvelasco@SanDiego.edu
619-260-4168

Office: Camino Hall 34

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Bekkah Walker, MFA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
bekkahwalker@sandiego.edu

Bekkah Walker is a Lecturer in the Visual Arts Department where she specializes in topics within the genre of New Media. Her courses have included Introduction to New Media, Video Art, Special Topics in Design and Installation Art. Her research explores the relationship between the Californian landscape and its human inhabitants. This research undergoes subjective filtration where the analysis is translated into sound sculptures, installations, interventions, drawings and video.

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