September 2, 2014

Jack Epps, Jr. and Todd Boyd Named Noteworthy Art Professors

The USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) had two of its faculty named to the Art Career Project “Fifteen Noteworthy Art Professors in Los Angeles.” Jack Epps, Jr., the Chair of the Writing for Screen and Television Division and Professor Todd Boyd,  the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture were included in the annual list.

“At the Writing Division at USC, we try to create an environment where talent can blossom,” said Epps. “We always go back to the basics and fundamentals. It’s like baseball. Before a game, the players work on setting their body and making a good throw. They aren’t making fancy moves. Watching students grow has allowed me to grow as an artist and I’ve loved every minute.”

“I was very appreciative. It's always nice to receive recognition for your work, especially when the recognition comes from people you didn't even know were paying attention to you,” said Boyd. “Some time ago I developed what I call the ‘fusion of the formal and the vernacular. This is the perspective that defines my life and my work.  It's about merging high and low; understanding both the sacred and the profane.  It's about using hipness to inform the squarest academic theories and in turn allowing intellect to augment your cool.  This is the unique point of view that I bring to my art and my scholarship.”

In addition to being Chair of the Writing Division, Epps holds the Jack Oakie Endowed Chair in Comedy and co-founded Comedy@SCA.

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