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    ARTLETICS Art Exhibition By USC Athletes In Galen Center Feb. 11 to March 22

    Feb. 9, 2010

    The Louis Galen ARTLETICS Exhibition, a showcase of artwork by 18 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. 11 to March 22. 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 noon on Feb. 24.

    The fifth annual exhibition, a collaborative effort of the USC Athletic Department and the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts, highlights the artistic talents of Trojan student-athletes through works in painting, drawing, ceramics, design, and digital and traditional photography.

    Among the artists featured are members of USC's football, basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, golf, rowing, track and field, water polo and cross country teams.

    The exhibiting athletes are: Marlena Adamska (rowing), Victoria Alimonda (golf), Iskra Angelova (rowing), Tri Bourne (volleyball), Ashley Corral (basketball), Robert Erickson (football), Robert Farah (tennis), Brett Giery (water polo), Sophie Gosper (swimming), Dina Hegazy (swimming), Matt Kecki (tennis), Rebecca Lett (cross country), Vanni Mangoni (swimming), Katalin Mate (track and field), Dalilah Muhammad (track and field), Mitch Mustain (football), Valeria Pulido (tennis) and Scott Stephens (football).

    Among the athletic accomplishments of these student-athlete artists: Farah and Kecki were members of USC's 2009 NCAA champion men's tennis team (Farah won the 2008 NCAA doubles crown and was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year), Muhammad was third in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the 2009 NCAA meet, Mangoni was the 2008 Pac-10 400-yard individual medley champion who finished fifth in the event at the 2007 NCAA meet, Giery played on a pair of NCAA championship men's water polo teams (2008 and 2009), Alimonda was a member of the Women of Troy's 2008 NCAA championship golf team that placed third in 2009, Hegazy owns the school record in the 200-yard backstroke, Bourne was a starting outside hitter on USC's 2009 NCAA runner-up men's volleyball squad, Mustain was the backup quarterback on the Trojan football team that won the 2009 Emerald Bowl, Angelova was a member of the Bulgarian national team and Corral is the starting point guard on the Women of Troy basketball team.

    This is the third consecutive year that Hegazy's and Mangoni's artwork has been part of the Artletics exhibit. Last year, Hegazy's work was also selected for an exhibit featuring art by NCAA student-athletes shown at the NCAA Convention in Washington D.C. and at the NCAA's Hall of Champions in Indianapolis. Her art also appeared in an NCAA Champions Magazine online story.

    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.

    Founded in 1895, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is the oldest art school in Southern California.

    The exhibition curator is USC Roski School of Fine Arts faculty member and ceramics department head Karen Koblitz (, 213-821-2891).