The DEPARTMENT OF ART is pleased to announce the hiring of two new tenure track professors who will begin their career at CSUN in the fall of 2007.
Assistant Professor, Animation
Mark Farquhar has been working as a CG Character Animator in the animation industry for the last 17 years. He has an MFA in Animation from the School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Telecommunication with an Art minor from Michigan State University. During his career, he has worked at Dreamworks Pictures SKG, Disney Feature Animation, Sony Imageworks, Pixar Animation Studios, and Warner Bros. Studios on feature animation productions. His experience ranges from animation development to feature production. Some of his film credits include Surfs Up, Open Season, Beowulf, Monster House, Chicken Little, Shark Tale, Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, Toy Story 2, Osmosis Jones, Iron Giant, Marvin the Martian in the 3rd Dimension, and Mars Attacks.
In 2000 and 2006 Mark Farquhar was a featured conference speaker at Yunlin State University, Taiwan. In 2002 He spoke at animation conference held at Woosong University, Korea. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, School of Cinema-Television and the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Program. He has also taught animation courses at Glendale Community College and Studio Arts. While working at Warner Bros., Dreamworks, and Sony Imageworks, Mark Farquhar has been active in studio training programs to retrain traditional animators and as a guest speaker for the studio internship programs. He remains active in the animation industry taking a consulting role for CG animation in a live action feature film and other freelance projects.
Assistant Professor Art History: Asian Studies
Meiqin Wang earned a M.A. degree in Art History in China and a PhD in Art History from Binghamton University. Her area of Specialization: modern and contemporary Chinese Art; and contemporary art of Asian world and international exhibitions. Dr.Wang’s dissertation is innovative and wide reaching, and has allowed her both to interview numerous contemporary Chinese artists and to do research in several fields, from museum history to the politics of international art exhibitions, to the impact of rising globalization on art production. She has delivered scholarly papers at ten diverse academic conferences in the U.S. between 2003-2006 (an extraordinary amount for a full-time graduate student).
Her current research is centered on marketization, globalization, and cultural nationalism and how they are introduced to contemporary media, formats and issues, as well as Western modes of curating exhibitions.
Meiqin teaches undergraduate courses in Contemporary Arts of China and Asian Art & Globalization, and has taught art at vocational and elementary schools in Fujian, China. She has worked as a curatorial associate and co-curator for touring contemporary Asian art exhibitions, and has published a book "Paul Klee on Art", (in Chinese) in 2002.