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USC MFA Appoints Nao Bustamante as Vice Dean and Associate Professor

After a highly publicized series of defections from the USC Roski School of Art and Design’s MFA program, the school announced today that renowned performance artist Nao Bustamante has been appointed as associate professor and vice dean of art. As vice dean, Bustamante will lead the MFA program and provide direction and oversight for the school's BFA and BA degrees in fine art. She begins her tenured position as vice dean of art this January.

“Nao's work exemplifies the importance of research and cultural acuity in making art, which is an essential component of our programs,” said Erica Muhl, the dean of USC Roski. “Her experience in a wide array of media and disciplines from performance, to film, to sculpture and installation will be of tremendous benefit to our students as we prepare them to thrive in an art world with fewer boundaries and increasing opportunities, but also greater challenges.”

Bustamante comes to USC from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she served as associate professor of new media and live art. Her work has been exhibited in such institutions as the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.