USC Roski MFA Student Marc Horowitz wins AOL “25 for 25” Grant

October 29, 2010

Horowitz was selected for his “socially oriented projects and playful enterprises”–like his upcoming Creative Time project, “The Advice of Strangers.”

Los Angeles, CALIF. — October 29, 2010 — Marc Horowitz, a first-year student in the MFA program at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, is among the winners, announced yesterday, of “25 for 25: The AOL Grant Program.” From more than 9000 international applicants, a distinguished advisory panel selected 25 “innovators and visionaries”–among them artists, writers, musicians, and journalists–who will each receive $25,000.

“All of us at the Roski School are extremely proud of Marc,” said Rochelle Steiner, the curator and writer, and dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. “His multifaceted, hard-to-pin-down projects are smart and innovative, as well as socially engaged–exactly the kind of work we want to nurture here.”

Horowitz’s work includes video and drawing, but he is best known for his investigative and idiosyncratic cultural experiments. In 2005, he sneaked his name and phone number into a Crate & Barrel catalog, then spent a year traveling, having dinner with some of the 30,000 people who called him.

His newest project, “The Advice of Strangers,” presented by Creative Time, launches on November 1, 2010. In it, Horowitz will release control of his life to the public for an entire month, making daily decisions, both big and small based, on the results of online voting. Viewers will be able to track his decisions and their repercussions through online video.

Horowitz’s creative projects and well-earned recognition demonstrate the dynamism and strength of the MFA program at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. The program’s exceptional faculty and unparalleled resources attract a diverse group of inventive, accomplished artists, and its unique interdisciplinary emphasis encourages their wide-ranging experimental and intellectual exploration. Alumni of the Roski MFA program make significant contributions to contemporary art almost immediately after graduation–as evidenced by the recent successes of Mindy Shapero ’03, Amanda Ross-Ho ’06, Elad Lassry ’07, Joel Kyack ’08, Nicole Miller ’09, and Dianna Molzan ’10, among many others.

About the USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA Program
The MFA Program at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts is a two-year, full-time, studio-based program located in the center of Los Angeles. With just 16 students enrolled each year, the program provides a highly individualized experience. MFA candidates work closely with an internationally recognized core faculty comprising Jud Fine, Sharon Lockhart, Frances Stark, Andrea Zittel, and program director Charlie White, as well as with an expanded community of professional artists, critics, and curators who participate in the weekly lecture series, teach critical-studies courses, and participate in thesis committees.

About the USC Roski School of Fine Arts
The USC Roski School of Fine Arts, in Los Angeles, California, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees at the undergraduate level, and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts (MFA) and Public Art Studies (MPAS). Once a school of art and architecture, the USC Roski School is now dedicated exclusively to the visual arts, offering courses in painting, drawing, design, photography, digital media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and art theory and criticism. About 275 students are currently enrolled as undergraduate majors, and about 45 students in the two graduate programs. The school employs 22 full-time and 48 part-time faculty members.

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