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Selma Holo

Director of Fisher Gallery & Professor of Art History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-4565
Office: HAR 126



Ph.D. Art History, UC Santa Barbara, 1/1980
M.A. Art History, Hunter College, City University of New York, 1/1972
B.A. Spanish Literature, Northwestern University, 1/1965

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Director, Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, 01/01/1981-  
Director, Museum Studies Program, University of Southern California, 01/01/1981-  
Curator for Acquisitions of Works of Art, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California, 01/01/1977-01/01/1981  
Lecturer, Art History, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, 01/01/1973-01/01/1977  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Holo's research focuses on Art history and museum studies, but she has become increasingly interested in museology-the study of museums themselves and their influences on the shaping of our culture. She has published and lectured in Spain and Latin America extensively about the future of museums in those regions. Her list of publications reflect her expertise in Goya, Picasso and Ribera, three of Spain's most significiant artists. Professor Holo's research is also concerned with museum architecture and its relationship to the contruction of civic meaning.

Research Specialties

Museum Studies

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Fisher Gallery



Holo, S. (2005). Oaxaca at the Crossroads: Managing Memory, Negotiating Change. Smithsonian Books..

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Service Award Trojan League, 2005-2006  
Fulbright Award, Senior Research Award, 1994  
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