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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

Lauren Buscemi

Lecturer, Art History

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.


BA, University of San Diego, Art History
MA, San Diego State University, Contemporary Art and Women’s Studies

Scholarly and Creative Work

Buscemi presented her master’s thesis, “A Space Between Essentialism and Social Constructionism: Notions of ‘the Other’ Explored Through the Work of Kiki Smith” at the University of California, Los Angeles 2003 Thinking Gender conference. Buscemi is actively involved in the San Diego arts community and has worked for the Commission for Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). She presented “Women Minimalists from the 1960s to Present” in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Specific Objects: The Minimalist Influence’, 2005 and presented “The Los Angeles Art Scene during the 1960s” in conjunction with the exhibition ‘La Dolce Vita,’ 2006 for MCASD’s education program. In 2008, she contributed to ‘Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images’ for the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.

In 2009 and 2010, she covered the work of artists: Tara Donovan, David Adey and Gretchen Mercedes for Riviera magazine and received a 2009 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) San Diego Journalism Award for ‘The Culture Club’ in the December, 2009 Riviera. In 2009 and 2010, Buscemi profiled artists Kelsey Brookes, Heather Gwen Martin and Kim MacConnel; reviewed ‘San Diego NOW: Eight UCSD Visual Artists’, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), ‘Iva Gueorguieva’, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, ‘Brutal Beauty: Hugo Crosthwaite’, San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) and Noel-Baza Gallery, and published the feature article, ‘Art San Diego’ for art ltd.

In 2011, Buscemi nominated Gretchen Mercedes as an emerging artist for the 2011 San Diego Visual Art Prize. She profiled artist Tim Bavington to coincide with ‘Changes’ at Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego and reviewed Mark Murphy’s exhibition ‘Lucid Dreams’ at Noel-Baza Gallery, San Diego for art ltd. In 2012, she joined the Port of San Diego’s Public Art Committee as part of the Port’s new public art curatorial strategy ‘Tidelands’ and reviewed ‘Alex Kanevsky’, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas. In 2013, Buscemi published the San Diego Report on the public art of Do Ho Suh and Roman de Salvo in the January, 2013 art ltd. A review of ‘Ruud van Empel: Strange Beauty’ at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego is expected in the upcoming March/April 2013 art ltd. Currently, Buscemi is participating as a visiting critic to artspace in Louisiana as part of a NEA grant.