Digital photographs meet welded aluminum this month when 20 works by
USC faculty artists come together in an exhibit titled “Small Works.”
It’s the first time in more than five years that the University has
mounted an exhibit showcasing the talent of its School of Fine Arts
“Small Works” opens Feb. 23 in the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery.
The show consists of artworks in various media — ceramics, drawing,
painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture — created by full-
and part-time faculty members, many of whose works have been
exhibited in prestigious galleries.
Margaret Lazzari, associate professor of design, is coordinating the
exhibit. But, she said, the show “is really self-curated,” because
all the artists represented are professionals in their fields and had
a hand in the display of their work.
“Our main impetus for doing this is to show the range and depth of
the faculty,” said Lazzari. “We have some artists of national and
international reputations.” Others, she said, have strong regional
Each artist was asked to submit “one small piece,” said Lazzari,
because gallery space is limited. Small is a relative term, however.
For professor of sculpture Jay Willis, it’s a 9-foot-tall raw
aluminum piece titled, “Gather the Fragments that Remain.” He
finished it the day the 1991 Gulf War ended.
“The idea behind it,” Willis said, “is the shattering of innocence
and loss of dreams – it’s the instant that a window breaks.”
The exhibit includes works by full-time faculty members Robert
Alderette, David Bunn, Jud Fine, Robbert Flick, Margaret Lazzari,
Margit Omar, Kenneth Price, Ron Rizk, Ruth Weisberg and Jay Willis.
Works by part-time instructors Jack Bosson, Kris Cox, Beth Gellar,
Deborah Hurewitz, Linda Levinson, Karl Matson, Barbara McCarren,
Robin Mitchell, Laura Stickney and Bill Tunberg also are on display.
According to Lazzari, the show works both as visual stimulation for
gallery visitors and as a learning experience for current or
prospective students who don’t usually get much exposure to
instructors’ work in the classroom setting.
In fact, Robbert Flick, professor of photography, said he makes it a
point “not to show my work in class” so students won’t be fixed with
a specific set of influences. Students do go to galleries to see
shows by individual faculty artists, Flick said, but this exhibit
will give them an overview and a chance to see works side by side.
Lazzari said this exhibit gives freshman and sophomore students, in
particular, an opportunity to examine the creative talent within the
University. It also can provide a forum for faculty and students to
discuss issues beyond technique and to exchange artistic ideas.
The exhibit runs Feb. 23 through March 12 in the Helen Lindhurst Fine
Arts Gallery. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through