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USC officials to advance new artist fellowships in Asia

Hong Kong, as seen from Victoria Harbour, is one of the locales to be visited by USC officials in mid-September.

A new USC fellowship program that provides an opportunity for emerging artists to work in the creative capital of Los Angeles is getting a boost from a series of planned visits with top USC arts leaders and Ministry of Education officials in the Pacific Rim cities of Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong.

USC Thornton School of Music Dean Robert A. Cutietta and USC Associate Provost Robin Romans will head to Asia in mid-September to promote the new USC International Artist Fellowships awarded to early career artists to pursue graduate study in one of USC’s five preeminent arts schools: the USC School of Architecture, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts and USC Thornton.

The fellowship program, announced by Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, at the university’s 2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong, provides tuition, travel and living expenses for students, allowing them to focus on creativity and supporting the production of new work.

The first class of four to seven students will arrive on the USC campus in fall 2013 and will grow to about 15 fellows who will stay at USC for two or three years, depending on the graduate arts degree they are pursuing. Fellows will have regular and planned opportunities to interact with their peers, as well as with professionals working in Los Angeles’ various leading arts industries, including the downtown arts corridor and Hollywood.

Along with Romans and USC Fisher Museum of Art Director Selma Holo, the five arts deans — Cutietta (USC Thornton), Elizabeth M. Daley (USC Cinematic Arts), Qingyun Ma (USC Architecture), Madeline Puzo (USC Dramatic Arts) and Rochelle Steiner (USC Roski) — will promote the program during a series of recruiting trips across the entire Pacific Rim, as well as Southeast Asia and Latin America.

The USC arts leaders will highlight the benefits of studying in Los Angeles, a primary gateway to Asia from the United States and one of the most vibrant arts cities in the world. They also will meet with representatives of ministries of education and others involved in arts education.

“USC President C. L. Max Nikias has highlighted the importance of the Pacific Rim to USC, and Dean Rob Cutietta and I are excited that our first trip to promote the program is to Asia,” Romans said. “We believe that as the world’s focus continues to shift to this part of the globe, the International Artist Fellowship program will help bring us closer together.”

In addition to the global benefits, Romans emphasized the fellowship’s positive impacts upon the fellows themselves.

“Assembling an international group of promising artists in Los Angeles will open new possibilities for creative expression,” he said.

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