Bookmark and Share

Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History



Department Chair

Can Bilsel

Can Bilsel, PhD

Professor of Architecture and Director of the Architecture Program.
Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
(619) 260-7987

Office: Camino Hall 33A

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.

> More Information

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.

> More Information

No photo available

Victoria Fu, MFA

Assistant Professor, Film/Video Art

Office: Camino Hall P4

Office Hours: By appointment Wednesdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm and Thursdays 11am - 1pm; 5:20pm - 6:20pm

Victoria Fu, MFA, teaches 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 was the Dean at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She is a visual artist who works with moving images, photography and drawing. Her artwork has been exhibited in venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Museo de la Ciudad, Quito, Ecuador; Seoul National University Museum, Seoul, Korea; among others. She has worked on 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, an organization established in 2006 dedicated to artists' film and video. Recipient of a 2013 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.

> More Information

John Halaka

John Halaka, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4107

Office: Camino Hall 6

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am - 12:30pm; or by appointment

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.

> More Information

No photo available

Bill Kelly, MFA

Senior Lecturer, Visual Arts

Office: Camino Hall 16 & 29

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30pm; Tuesdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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.

> More Information

Daniel López-Pérez

Daniel López-Pérez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Architecture
(619) 260-7415

Office: Camino Hall 7A

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:10pm - 2:10pm, or by appointment

Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association.

> More Information

Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

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

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Office Hours: Mondays 12:30pm - 2:30pm and Wednesdays 3:00pm - 5:30pm

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.

> More Information

Duncan  McCosker

Duncan McCosker, MFA

Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4108

Office: Camino Hall 33 Greenhouse

Office Hours: Fridays 12:30pm - 5:30pm

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.

> More Information

Saba Oskoui

Saba Oskoui, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-4103

Office: Camino Hall 46

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00am - 9:00am and 1:00pm - 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.

> More Information

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Art History
(619) 260-2307

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45pm - 2:15pm; Thursdays 12:45pm - 2:45pm

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. 

> More Information

Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm - 3:00pm or by appointment

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.

> More Information

Sally Yard

Sally Yard, PhD

Professor, Art History
(619) 260-4512

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30pm - 5:45pm; Wednesdays 10:20am - 12:05pm

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.

> More Information