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Artletics exhibition opens at Galen Center

Artletics Exhibition Opens at Galen Center
Kara-Leigh Huse's “Untitled,” a 2011 acrylic on canvas.

The seventh annual Louis Galen Artletics Exhibition, a showcase of artwork by 15 Trojan student-athletes created in USC Roski School of Fine Arts classes, will be on display in the Galen Center’s Hall of Fame from Feb. 1 to March 12. The free exhibition will be open during USC athletic events or by appointment.

An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The exhibition, a collaborative effort of the USC athletic department and USC Roski, highlights the artistic talents of Trojan student-athletes through works in painting, drawing, ceramics, design and photography.

“We are grateful to the Galens for their ongoing support of the interdisciplinary talents of USC student-athletes, who are demonstrating yet again that the creativity and passion of Trojans extends from the field and academic endeavors to the studio and the gallery,” said USC Roski dean Rochelle Steiner.

Among the artists featured are members of USC’s football, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, water polo, rowing and track and field teams.

The 15 Trojans whose works are on display include Charles Burks (football), Kristine Busa (track and field), Jeffrey Churchman (track and field), Martin Coleman (football), Crispin Collins (track and field), Anna Gustafson (lacrosse), Kara-Leigh Huse (water polo), Patricia Jancso (water polo), Maddison McKibbin (volleyball), Vineta Moca (rowing), Kristen Park (golf), Nick Perry (football), Daphne Thompson (water polo), Anna Wierzbowska (rowing) and Gregory Woodburn (track and field).

Among the athletic accomplishments of the student-athlete artists: Busa is an All-American javelin thrower whose best mark ranks second on USC’s all-time list. Perry was an All-Pac-10 first-team defensive end and Hendricks Award finalist on USC’s football team. Jancso and Huse were members of USC’s 2010 NCAA championship water polo team. Park was the nation’s top women’s golf recruit in 2011.

The exhibition is named in honor of Louis Galen ’51, who passed away in 2007. Galen was a strong supporter of the USC athletic department and, along with his wife, Helene, initiated the Galen Ceramic Lab, the Galen Ceramics Lecture Series and the Helene V. Galen Intermedia Lab at USC Roski.

First organized in 1883, USC Roski is the oldest art school in Southern California. A supportive environment for experimentation in visual art of all media, the school encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice and critical studies.

With equal emphasis on making and thinking, the school prepares artists, designers, curators and writers to contribute in new and meaningful ways both to their fields and to society at large.

USC Roski faculty member Karen Koblitz served as curator of the exhibition.

Artletics exhibition opens at Galen Center

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