University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Points of Pride

Our students and alumni at work:

  • Art History students present research at national and international conferences: Mariana Gomez, James Cartwright, and Ashley Williams.
  • Undergraduate students selected for Juried Annual University Student Exhibition at the Atlantic Center for the Arts every year since it began in 1990.
  • Catherine Gomez, BFA alumna, awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Chile. Gomez was also a 2018 Research in Arts Scholar.
  • Ellen Mueller, a 2011 alumna of the USF MFA in Studio Art program and a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, published a textbook in 2018 with Routledge Press entitled, “Remixing and Drawing: Sources, Influences, Styles.”
  • Skowhegan Artist Residencies, by invitation: Pat Blocher (2019), Jake Troyli (2019), Bahareh Khoshooee (2018), Walter Mathews (2017).

Awards and recognition:

  • Art History Assistant Professor Esra Akın-Kıvanç wins fellowship from The American Council of Learned Societies (2017) and, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2019). Named USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
  • Associate Professor Noelle Mason, winner of the South Arts 2017 Southern Prize, “the highest quality artistic work from the American South,” – selected for the artistic excellence of: “X-Ray Vision vs. Invisibility” and “Boys on Film, Nothing Much Happened Today.”
  • Recognized as a program where “work created by students and faculty is routinely World Class” by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
  • Animation and Digital Modeling program ranked in top-tier (US public university) by Animation Career:  “offers a unique opportunity for artists to pursue a ‘cutting edge’ approach to Video, 2D and 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Sound, and Digital Media.”

Our faculty’s continuing contributions to their fields:

  • Art History professors Helena Szépe and Elisabeth Fraser publish new books: Szépe’s “Venice Illuminated: Power and Painting in Renaissance Manuscripts,” Yale University Press. Fraser’s “Mediterranean Encounters: Artists Between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1774–1839,” Penn State Press, awarded the “Choice” – 2017 Outstanding Academic Title award.
  • Studio Art professors exhibiting in New York between 2017 and 2019: Sue Havens, Ezra Johnson,  Jason Lazarus and Joo Yeon Woo.
  • Photography professor Wendy Babcock exhibited her photogravures, "Every Olive Tree in the Garden of Gethsemane" at Arizona State University's Northlight Gallery, "Toward Reconciliation, Away."