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Local artist Edgar Arceneaux joins USC Roski as visiting professor

Co-founder of the Watts House Project aims to help students understand the link between art and culture

Artist Edgar Arceneaux installs his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. (Photo/Paul Lovelace Photography)

The USC Roski School of Art and Design announced that acclaimed Los Angeles artist Edgar Arceneaux has been appointed as visiting professor of fine arts.

“Edgar is a great addition to our faculty,” said Sherin Guirguis, USC Roski vice dean of faculty. “His work bridges local, community-based interests with broader international dialogues in contemporary art.”

Arceneaux received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design in 1996 and his Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001. In 1996, he and Rick Lowe founded the Watts House Project (WHP), inspired by the iconic Watts Towers built by Simon Rodia and the history of the neighborhood. Today the WHP is an artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment organization that aims to revitalize the neighborhood and re-imagine the environment.

Arceneaux was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has produced solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, among many others.

A dynamic, diverse world

“I’m excited to be educating and collaborating with students around the arts, helping them to understand the complex and important link between art and culture in a dynamic, diverse world,” he said. “I’m inspired to be a part of that.”


Edgar Arceneaux’s “King Vanitas Second Stage: When Objects Become Things, Two Placemats,” wrought iron, glass, enamel 2014. (Photo/courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects)

The new appointment is part of the school’s ongoing commitment to providing broad-based, rigorous art and design education that exposes students to multiple creative and intellectual disciplines.

“Arceneaux’s practice is multidisciplinary in all the ways we envision for Roski students and how they are telling us they see their future,” said USC Roski Dean Erica Muhl. “His work spans drawing, sculpture, filmmaking, teaching, organizing, but more than that, it’s responsive and conscious of its surroundings.

“We are very fortunate to have someone who is a participant and influencer in the nexus of Southern California’s creative community,” Muhl added. “Arceneaux will push students to question their position in that community and stretch the limits of their personal practices.”

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