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USC College professor John Pollini (back row, center) and a team of students excavate a site at the ancient Roman port town Ostia Antica.

Summer Excavation Class at Ostia Antica, the Port of Ancient Rome

September 13, 2010

This past summer, John Pollini, professor of classical art and archaeology in art history in USC College, led 11 students on an excavation at Ostia Antica, the important port town of ancient Rome and the third best preserved…

Amy Von Lintel, who graduated from USC College with a Ph.D. in art history in May, has accepted a position as assistant professor of art history at West Texas A&M University. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Classics Meet Cadillacs

June 28, 2010

Amy Von Lintel believes art history goes beyond what hangs on the walls of museums, or what fills the pages of textbooks. The field is alive, constantly changing, and much closer to home than you might think. Beginning this…

USC College's Jason Goldman, a Ph.D. student of art history, earns a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship to help him complete his unique dissertation on the private works of postwar American artists. Photo credit Allison Doyle.

A Private Eye for Art

June 11, 2010

Norman Rockwell pieces, these aren't. But that's why they intrigue Jason Goldman, a USC College Ph.D. student of art history. Goldman is rarely interested in what he refers to as the "masterpieces." His tastes tend toward…

In her new post as editor-in-chief of art history's most prestigious national journal, <em>The Art Bulletin</em>, Karen Lang, associate professor of art history in USC College, will introduce several new features to the 97-year-old publication. John Pollini, professor of art history and history in the College, has been named Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer for the 2012-13 academic year. Lang photo credit Flora Lang. Pollini photo credit Phyllis Pollini.

The Picassos of Art History

May 11, 2010

Since its founding in 1913, The Art Bulletin has for the first time tapped a West Coast scholar to lead art history's premiere journal in the English language. That scholar is USC College's Karen Lang, associate professor of…

Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and professor of art history, co-edited the new book, <em>Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Value</em>, which examines what museums must do to be indispensable to society today and in the future.

"Beyond the Turnstile": Does the World Need Museums?

December 1, 2009

Even before the financial crisis hit last year, top museum directors worldwide knew they were operating in a bubble that couldn't last."I think what happened was that everything just got out of control. Exhibitons got more and…

Richard Meyer Receives Art Journal Award

Richard Meyer Receives Art Journal Award

January 21, 2009

Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts and director of The Contemporary Project at USC, has been selected for the College Art Association’s 2009 Art Journal Award for his essay titled…

Rachel discusses the original material donated to the Doheny Library by the Examiner. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

USC Doheny Library Regional History Collection

January 1, 2009

Conducting research in USC College is exhilarating, rewarding and an essential component of the undergraduate experience according to art history major and senior Rachel Huichong Wen. She learned this first-hand after spending…

Meet the Class of 2012

Meet the Class of 2012

December 1, 2008

One student likens conducting scientific research to playing the violin. Another found research inspiration in his adolescent acne. Still another, awed by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and intrigued by the artist’s…

Unlocking the Maya Code

Unlocking the Maya Code

April 1, 2008

Think of Megan O’Neil’s scholarly work as forensic art history. She’s not looking to solve crimes, although she uncovers plenty of murder and mayhem. She’s looking for something far more universal: how…

Building a Legacy

Building a Legacy

October 1, 2007

When Smithsonian magazine editors began combing the nation for a phenomenal historian under age 36, they were told the task would be daunting. “Historians tend not to peak until later in their careers, we were told over…