Artletics Art Exhibit By USC Athletes In Galen Center Feb. 1-March 12|
Jan. 31, 2012
The seventh annual Louis Galen Artletics Exhibition, a showcase of artwork by 15 Trojan student-athletes made 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 exhibit 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, Feb. 1.
The exhibition, a collaborative effort of the USC Athletic Department and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, highlights the artistic talents of Trojan student-athletes through works in painting, drawing, ceramics, design and photography.
Among the artists featured are members of USC's football, volleyball, lacrosse, golf, water polo, track and field, and rowing teams.
"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 Rochelle Steiner, Dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.
The 15 student-athletes whose works are on display in this year's Artletics exhibition are: 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 these 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. Jansco 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 Artletics exhibition is named in honor of USC alumnus Louis Galen, who graduated from the USC Law School in 1951 and 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 the Roski School of Fine Arts.
First organized in 1883, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts 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 USC Roski School prepares artists, designers, curators, and writers to contribute in new and meaningful ways both to their fields and to society at large.