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Art, Architecture + Art History



Department Chair

Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Department Chair
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:30pm

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 a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has also received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.

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Can Bilsel

Can Bilsel, PhD

Professor, Architecture and Art History
(619) 260-7987

Office: Camino Hall 33A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

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.

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Derrick R. Cartwright

Derrick R. Cartwright, PhD

Director of University Galleries
Professor of Practice, Art History

Office: Founders Hall 100

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.

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Victoria Fu, MFA

Assistant Professor, Film/Video Art

Office: Camino Hall P4

Office Hours: on leave

Victoria Fu, MFA, teaches courses at USD about film and video art. She is a visual artist who has exhibited in venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; 52nd New York Film Festival, New York, NY; IX Nicaragua Biennial, Managua, Nicaragua; University Art Gallery, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA; The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD; among others. Recipient of a 2013 Art Matters Grant and 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, she was a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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John Halaka

John Halaka, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4107

Office: Camino Hall 6

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:00am - 2:00pm

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.

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Bill Kelly, MFA

Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts

Office: Camino Hall 16

Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:30am - 9:00am and Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30pm - 5:00pm, or by appointment

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.

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Daniel López-Pérez

Daniel López-Pérez, PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture
(619) 260-7415

Office: Camino Hall 7A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

Daniel López-Pérez is an Associate Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. Dr. López-Pérez’s scholarship specializes in architectural design research and the historiography of modern architecture. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University with honors, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. His Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton studies the tall-building as a contested historiographical artifact through a composite discourse that examines the simultaneous innovations that took place in its practice, history, theory and criticism.

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Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
Architecture Program Director
(619) 260-7636

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00am - 1:00pm, and by appointment

Juliana Maxim is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at M.I.T. in 2006.

Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013).

Her forthcoming book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965, explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.

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Duncan  McCosker

Duncan McCosker, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4108

Office: Camino Hall 33 Greenhouse

Office Hours: on leave

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.

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Saba Oskoui

Saba Oskoui, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4103

Office: Camino Hall 46

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 7:50am - 9:05am and 1:15pm - 2:30pm

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.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History
(619) 260-2307

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45 - 1:45pm and Fridays 12:00pm - 3:00pm

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. 

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Shannon Starkey

Shannon Starkey

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Office: Ch-33 C

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm - 2:30pm and Tuesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm

Shannon Starkey is an architect, curator, and architectural historian. He teaches history/theory seminars and design studios. He holds a professional Bachelor’s of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.

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Sally Yard

Sally Yard, PhD

Professor, Art History
(619) 260-4512

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm and Thursdays 1:30pm - 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.

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