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Fine Arts, BA


Our faculty works closely with every student, connecting them to local professional opportunities and building the kind of clear, precise thinking that equips them to excel in any endeavor.

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Department Chair

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Catherine Lusheck is Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture and Professor of Art History & Museum Studies. She holds a doctorate in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a specialist in early modern European art and curatorial practice. Her research interests include Renaissance drawings culture, early modern visual rhetoric and the classical tradition, and artistic emulation and self-representation in the art of Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640). Over...

  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (December 2000)
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley (May 1992)
  • BA, Political Science, magna cum laude, DePauw University...

Program Director


Eric Hongisto is a Professor in the Department of Art + Architecture and has previously taught at the University of Delaware and Montana State University-Bozeman. He received his MFA in Painting/Printmaking from the Yale University School of Art, 1999, and his BFA in Painting from the Maine College of Art, 1997. Most recent awards include a 2009 Graves Award in the Humanities, a 2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Installation and a 2002 New York Foundation of...

  • MFA in Painting/Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, 1999
  • BFA in Painting, Maine College of Art, 1997

Full-Time Faculty


Sergio De La Torre's project work has focused on issues regarding immigration, tourism, surveillance technologies, and transnational identities. These works have been exhibited in a variety of venues both national and international. He has received grants from the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, the Potrero Nuevo Fund, and the Creative Work Fund, among others.

De La Torre's latest project is MAQUILAPOLIS (City of Factories), an hour-long video documentary made in...

Jenifer Wofford is a professional fine artist and illustrator who shows her work both nationally and internationally. She has presented projects in the Bay Area at venues including YBCA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

Wofford was the recipient of a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, and a featured artist (with her collaborators) in the 2018 Manila Biennale. In 2020 she was awarded a public art commission from the Asian...

  • UC Berkeley, MFA in Art Practice
  • San Francisco Art Institute, BFA in Sculpture
  • Visual art
  • Philippine studies
  • Global contemporary art

Part-Time Faculty

Sofia V. Gonzalez is an artist and educator living and working in Sonoma County, California. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States including California, the Midwest and the South. Recent awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship for her work in Contemporary Craft from the Arkansas Arts Council.

Since 2014, Sofia has taught natural dye workshops that invite the public to learn how to make dye from waste materials and local plants. Sofia has taught as an Adjunct...

  • California College of the Arts, MFA, 2014
  • University of San Francisco, BA, 2012
  • Textiles
  • Natural Dyes & Pigments
  • Two-Dimensional Design

Sean has an MFA in visual arts from Mills College, and a BA and BFA in art history and ceramics from Eastern Washington University.

Sean recently managed the studios in the USF Department of Art + Architecture, where he taught Fabrication Lab and Ceramics. Previously, as the research and experience developer at the Oakland Museum of California, he curated exhibitions while developing visitor research to better understand how people engage with informal education. Sean continues to investigate...

  • MFA, Visual Arts, Mills College, 2004
  • BA, Art History, Eastern Washington University, 2003
  • BFA, Studio Art, 2002

Susan Wolsborn received her MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, BFAs in Sculpture and General Art and BA in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and she has shown her artwork at the Queens Museum of Art and White Columns in NYC.