The University of Southern California on Monday said that its USC Roski School of Fine Arts is changing its name to the USC Roski School of Art and Design to better reflect the school’s mission.
Billionaire developer Ed Roski and his wife Gayle Garner Roski made a naming gift to the fine arts school in 2006 that financed a facilities expansion, technology upgrades and additional tenure-track faculty. Gayle Garner Roski is a respected painter and alumna of the school. Ed Roski graduated with a degree in business from USC and serves on university board.
“Tailoring ‘fine arts’ to ‘art’ reflects an expanded definition of contemporary art practice, inclusive of traditional and new media,” Erica Muhl, USC Roski dean, said in a statement.
This year, for example, USC Roski introduced its first course in graphic design in fashion marketing and announced a new minor in 3-D design.