40 / 40 Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the USC Hillel Art Gallery

A Historic Retrospective, Celebrating 40 Years of Art at the USC Hillel Art Gallery

On November 11th, 2012, over one hundred community supporters took part in the opening celebration for 40 / 40, an exhibition commemorating the Hillel Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary. The exhibition is mounted in honor of the vision and guidance of Professor Ruth Weisberg, who founded the Art Gallery, and Carol Brennglass Spinner, founder of the Spinner Avoda Fellowship. Their profound contributions of support and generosity were lauded in remarks by Rabbi Lauri Geller, who blessed the event; Provost Elizabeth Garret, on behalf of USC; Jaime Gesundheit, USC Hillel Board Chair; and Howard Schwimmer, USC Hillel Board Treasurer.

Many of the forty artists represented in the exhibition were in attendance, along with the USC Hillel community’s art lovers. Guests viewed the many diverse artworks on display, reviewed the full-color 40 / 40 exhibition catalogue, and enjoyed music by students of the USC Thornton School of Music, whose jazzy tunes accompanied the convivial atmosphere on opening night.

The exhibition is on view through February 8, 2013.

Plan Your Visit
The gallery is open during USC Hillel’s regular office hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Please note that USC Hillel will be closed for Winter Break: December 19th – January 7th. To plan your visit, call the front desk at USC Hillel: (213) 973 1200.

If you’d like to see photos from the event, CLICK HERE
If you’d like to see the digital Tribute Book, CLICK HERE
If you’d like to see a digital version of the 40 / 40 exhibition catalogue, CLICK HERE


Participating artists include:

Elena Allen
Melinda Smith Altshuler
Renée Amitai
Bill Aron
Elizabeth Bloom
Gary Frederick Brown
Rhea Carmi
Bibi Davidson
William Deutsch
Steven Jay Fogel
Susan Gesundheit
Dafna Gilboa
Danielle Gold
Baila Goldenthal z”l
Carol Goldmark
Phyllis Green
Jan Langdon Handtmann
Gila Hirsch
Marcie Kaufman
Karen Koblitz
Maddy LeMel
Caryl M. Christian Levy
Orna Livni
Christopher Makens
Marisa Mandler
Judith Margolis
Hilda Merom
Shirley Moskowitz z”l
Jackie Nach
Soraya Nazarian
Stas Orlovski
Victor Raphael
Gayle Garner Roski
Ruth Weisberg
Karen Winnick
Eugene Yelchin


About the Honorees:

Carol Brennglass Spinner (’69)
Carol Brennglass SpinnerFor the last 20 years, Carol has focused her philanthropic work on making the arts a powerful tool for Jewish engagement and education. As cofounder of AvodaArts, she and her staff have reached over 60,000 Jewish students and teachers through classrooms, summer camps and Hillel organizations, through innovative film and ritual arts workshops.  Avoda is a founding partner of the innovative Six Points Fellowship, in both Los Angeles and New York. The Spinner Avoda Fellowship and Gallery management program at USC Hillel and in conjunction with the Roski School of Fine Arts have contributed to forming a cadre of talented arts educators who work within the Jewish community across the United States. Carol serves on the Boards of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Jewish Telegraphic agency and JESNA, as well on the Women’s Philanthropy Cabinet of UJA Federation of New York. A USC alumna, she holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ruth Weisberg
Ruth WeisbergRuth Weisberg, founder of the USC Hillel Art Gallery, member of the USC Hillel Board of Directors, renowned artist, Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the Roski School at USC, received the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award in September 2011. She has been the recipient of the Art Leadership Award, National Council of Art Administrators and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Hebrew Union College, 2001, College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award 1999, Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome 2011,1995, 1994, and 1992. Weisberg has had over 80 solo and 185 group exhibitions, including a recent major exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena and a retrospective, at the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles as well as a solo exhibition at the Huntington in San Marino. Her work is included in sixty major Museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Biblioteque Nationale of France, Paris; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome; Detroit Institute of Arts; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Norwegian National Museum, Oslo; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery, Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.