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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

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.


PhD, Columbia University, Art History and Archeology
MA, Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art
BA, Yale University, History of Art

Scholarly and Creative Work

In addition to her scholarly work on Peter Paul Rubens and artistic training in the early modern period, Lobis has published articles on contemporary artists Dawoud Bey and John Baldessari. While pursuing academic projects on the subject of prints and drawings, Lobis also serves as an arts contributor for C Magazine, a California-based fashion and lifestyle magazine. Lobis is completing her dissertation on the subject of Peter Paul Rubens and the use of prints for artistic training in the seventeenth century. USD’s spring 2010 exhibition in the Hoehn Family Print Galleries presented a related theme, namely, a representative reconstruction of Rubens’s print collection.

Teaching Interests

In both university and museum settings, Victoria Sancho Lobis has given courses on western art ranging from ancient Greek monuments to contemporary art and architecture with a strong focus on the physical qualities of art objects and the role of artists in artistic production and reception. Lobis’s primary research area is seventeenth-century European art, more specifically, works on paper. While at USD, her courses related to the production of early modern European art, the early history of art collecting, the representation of human anatomy in art and science, and the idea of the Baroque in European art and architecture.