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Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts

Allison Wiese, an associate 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.

Education

MFA, University of California, San Diego
BA (with Honors), Brown University, Visual Arts

Scholarly and Creative Work

Wiese is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese often uses common materials or textual diversions to make meaning with the ready-to-hand. Her 2005 project "Oh Lonesome Me" employed an abandoned PC, an extension ladder and clamp lamps in a gutted church tower to create a functioning Morse code beacon that attempted to communicate with the Bank of America Tower in downtown Charlotte, NC. Wiese’s work drags ideas through time, re-plumbing the social and political landscape of the near past as a way of querying the lingering presence of certain American myths and pointing to truths about the present. In "We All Have to Swim in the Same Water," professional stunt sign-spinners typically employed to advertise Southern California’s overheated condominium developments were given an ambiguous quote from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown to sell to downtown San Diego.

Wiese is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was a Core Fellow of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2001 to 2003.

For artist's website: www.allisonwiese.info

Teaching Interests

Wiese has taught studio art for more than ten years at a range of institutions including the University of California, San Diego,; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School and Brown University.
At USD, she teaches Foundations in Form, Space and Time, Introductory and advanced Sculpture as well as a rotating roster of upper-division courses focused on an expanded set of contemporary sculptural issues, including Designing for Social Space and Sculpture and Landscape.