The LSU School of Art started the 2013–14 year with a new assistant professor of art history, Myrsini Mamoli, who joined the faculty this fall. A new assistant professor in digital art, Hye Yeon Nam, will join the faculty in spring 2014. Both Mamoli and Nam will add to the rich international perspective of the art program at LSU.
Originally from Greece, Myrsini Mamoli holds a BA in history and archaeology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MS in digital media and cultural studies from the University of the Aegean in Lesvos. Mamoli was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for PhD studies in architecture with a major in computation and a minor in architectural history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has also received fellowships from the Gerontellis Foundation and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation.
Mamoli has worked as a teaching assistant of architectural history from pre-history to pre-industrial times and as a research assistant at the Shape Computation Lab at Georgia Tech. Mamoli’s research interests lie at the intersection of architectural history and computation. She is using Shape Grammars for the analysis and reconstruction of the architectural form of classical libraries for her PhD dissertation, “Towards a Theory of Reconstructing Ancient Libraries.”
“I am very happy to join the faculty at LSU and make Baton Rouge my home,” said Mamoli.
Hye Yeon Nam is a digital media artist working on interactive installations, performance video, speculative design, and experimental games. She is a PhD candidate in digital media with a minor in computer science at Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an MFA in digital media from the Rhode Island School of Design. As assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology, Nam taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multi-media tools, interactive design, and visual imaging, and as a graduate instructor at Rhode Island School of Design, she lectured on introductory computer animation and 3D animation using Maya.
Nam’s art has been displayed domestically and internationally at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Times Square (as a runner-up for the Metropolitan Art Prize); FILE Festival in Brazil; Future Places Festival in Portugal; and Juan Media Festival in Korea. Her work was broadcast on the Discovery Channel in Canada and broadcast live on Good Day Sacramento; published in Leonardo Journal; and featured in Wired, We Make Money Not Art, Makezine, Bussiness Insider, Slashdot, and Engadget, among other publications.
“The School of Art is gratified that we’ve been able to meet our recent recruitment goals by hiring two such capable faculty. Between the two of them, they cover the history of the ancient world and the future of digital media,” said Associate Professor Rod Parker, director of the School of Art.
The LSU School of Art offers programs in art history, digital art, fine arts, and graphic design. For more information about the school or the programs, visit art.lsu.edu.