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Lisa Mann, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Practice of Cinematic Arts
Exhibitions Director of Hench-DADA

Affiliated Divisions:

John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts

Office: SCB 210L

Lisa Mann teaches  an intro hands-on, stop-motion animation class and a media-based installation class which covers site-specific installation and projection mapping techniques designed for galleries, public spaces, buildings, and objects.

As the Exhibitions Director of Hench-DADA, Lisa oversees gallery exhibitions, conferences, panels, student workshops, receptions, and student screenings, including the annual student Hench-DADA showcase, First Frame, at the DGA Theater.

She has project managed many of the Hench-DADA's Visions & Voices events, including Latent Memory: Present Visions of Latin American Political Past (2017), I Know You Are But What Am I?: The Artists Behind Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (2016), PiKA PiKA! Light Animation (2011), and Animated Spaces | Animated Bodies (2009).

Lisa has overseen the installation of several SCA gallery exhibitions including DreamWorlds--Behind the Scenes: Production Art From DreamWorks Animation (2012) and Flipped Out Animation! (2010), a flipbook show. In 2005, she organized Bike-In Movies as part of the USC 125th Anniversary Celebration. This event featured a two-night retrospective of DADA student and faculty animation on the lawn of the Graduation Quad.

Lisa's art practice consists of site-specific installations, performances, large-scale sculptures, and community artworks exploring topical social issues. Her recent project ROTO PASADENA (2016) featured rotoscope animation projection-mapped onto the facades of Pasadena City Hall, Police Station and Public Library. Lisa has received artist grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation.