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Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

Visiting Artist Talk: Kathleen Hall

February 26th, 4:45 PM, Library 321

Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Sachs 


Sarah received her BA in Studio Art from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2006. In 2008, she received her Masters of Art in Digital Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and in 2009 she received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography and Digital Imaging, also from Maryland Institute College of Art. Through her fine art work, Sarah explores the dichotomy between human and digital memory, how the two influence one another, and how they are affected by natural and technological elements of decay. She hopes to create a dialogue about the relationships between personal memory, society’s collective memory, and collective cultural identity. 

Sarah Sachs Photography


Artists-in-Residence 2011-2012

Ying Li / Hannah Piper Burns / KC Culver / Bruce W. Feldman / Martin Brief / Pam Cardwell / Lois Dodd and Elizabeth O’Reilly

Ying Li
Monday, August 29 - Thursday September 29, 2011
Residency sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee

Lecture by Ying Li: From Yangzi River to St. Mary’s RiverWed. Sept 14, 4:45pm, Library 321    

Ying Li

During her residency, Ying Li will present a lecture, From Yangzi River to St. Mary’s River, analyzing how Chinese painting and calligraphy and Western painting, especially Abstract Expressionism, interact with each other. She will talk about how they shaped and inspired her work as two of the major influences in her artistic development, and their impact on her teaching.

Ying Li was born in Beijing, China, and graduated from Anhui Teachers University (1974-77) where she taught 1977-83. She immigrated to the United States in1983. She received an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, NY in 1987. Currently she is Professor of Fine Arts and Department Chair, Haverford College, and is represented by Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY.

Selected One Person exhibitions include the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA; Lohin Geduld Gallery, NY; Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NY; The Painting Center, NY; Bowery Gallery, NY; Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, PA; List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA; Marie Salant Neuberger Campus Center Gallery, Bryn Mawr College, PA; Tompkins College Center Gallery, Cedar Crest College, PA; Enterprise House, County Mayo, Ireland; and ISA Gallery, Umbria, Italy. Selected group exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; The National Academy Museum, NY; Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY; Lori Bookstein Fine Arts, NY; Chris Neptune Fine Arts, NY; Korous Gallery, NY; Denise Bibro Gallery, NY; Westbeth Gallery, NY; Greenhut Gallery, Portland, Maine; Pennsylvania Academy of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Hermitage Foundation Museum, VA; Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University, NC; Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA; Gross-McLeaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA; The Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL; Logan Gallery, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, and the Museum of Rochefort-en-Terre, Brittany, France. Selected awards include the Donald Jay Gordon Visiting Artist, Swarthmore College; Henry Ward Ranger Fund Purchase Award, Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for painting, and Certificate of Merit, all awarded by the National Academy Museum, New York; Valparaiso Foundation Fellowship; Kahn-Mason Foundation Grant; Heliker–LaHotan Foundation Fellowship: two Vermont Studio Center fellowships; Enterprise House Art Colony Fellowship, Ireland; Artist Residency, Rochefort-en-Terre, France; Aspen Institute Scholarship; Lindback Faculty Research Grant and Artist –in-Residence, Dartmouth College. Li’s work has been reviewed in New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, The New York Sun, New York Press, Art, Abstract Art on Line, Cover, Morbihan France; and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Visit the artist's website or read a recent review of her work in Art in America.

Plans for studio work during her residency
Ying Li writes… “Thanks to the Department of Art and Art History at St. Mary’s College and a grant from Wolf Kahn - Emily Mason Foundation I was invited to be an Artist-in Residence in Fall 2007 I painted at the seaside for five weeks. My main subject matter was the 17th century trading vessel “Maryland Dove” at St. Mary’s City. I was captivated by the graceful beauty of this ship, and the visions it inspired of being on the high seas, crossing from Europe with a full cargo of goods and people, all the dangers of that era. I painted many versions of the ship in varying light and mood, and did a series of watercolor studies of the ship. In my daily work I got to know the workers on the boat and to hear their knowledge of the history, the structure of the boat, and how such boats managed to survive in the Atlantic. I was rewarded with a trip in the boat along the coast on the last day of the season; I felt like a member of the crew, and the jovial contact I had with them put more feeling into my paintings.

My plan for this residency has three aspects:
1) I plan to continue Maryland Dove Series I started during my last stay. I will select a few sites around the boat and paint variations of the same views in differing weather, times of the day, and degrees of light. I will try to capture in my painting the grandeur and the essential character of the boat and its surrounding areas.

2) To reach for the signs of human interaction with the landscape – the local architecture, the traces of history and human habitation and how things changed over time, how nature and humanity have modified each other, the effects of human activities and the efforts has been made to preserve the heritage. I want to make a visual record of the place through an artist’s eye who is rooted in China and live in New York City.

3) During the residency, I also want to expand and deepen my work on the calligraphic approach to painting. In Chinese art, painting includes poetry and calligraphy. Brushwork in painting and calligraphy carries the same emotional and artistic charge. I believe that developing a more calligraphic brushwork, I will be able to deepen further the abstraction, emotion and poetry of my paintings.

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Hannah Piper Burns
Monday, October 17 – Sunday, October 30, 2011
Residency sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, WGSX and the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee

Hannah Piper-Burns

Hannah Piper Burns is an experimental documentary, video, and installation artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She is an SMCM alumna from the class of 2006. She then completed her Post-Baccalaureate certificate and Master of Fine Arts degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating in 2009. There, she was co-chair of the student union and a teaching assistant for a digital painting and freshman foundations. As part of her responsibilities, she led a freshman seminar on the Feminist Art Movement that combined lectures and discussions with a studio project. While in California, Burns became an assistant to Oakland-based filmmaker Kevin Morrison.

Now, Hannah Piper Burns works as a social media consultant and freelance writer for clients like Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose newest film !Women Art Revolution has screened at TIFF, SFIFF, Sundance, and the Berlinale, and the Portland Art Dealers Association, as well as emerging artists around the country. She writes weekly for The Abundant Artist Blog. Her most recent essay, Wasp and Orchid, accompanied the catalog for Stephanie Dode’s solo exhibition It Equals Light and the Unknown at Splatterpool Gallery in Brooklyn.

Burns is a founding member of the Portland-based microcinema and experimental media center Grand Detour. Her work toured with Grand Detour’s European “Heavy Meta Tour” in the fall of 2010, screening in London, Berlin, and Glasgow. She is also the communications director of the Museum of Pocket Art. She curated MoPA’s fall 2010 exhibition, All Business All the Time, which uses the form of a business card to explore the contact points between artists’ studio practice and day jobs. Speaking of which, she also works part-time as a Customer Experience Specialist at the Bar Method fitness studio in Portland.

Plans for her residency
Hannah Piper Burns (’06) has quickly distinguished herself as an experimental documentary, video, and installation artist. She will an Artist House resident for two weeks in October during which plans include for her to present a lecture on her work, screen the film !Women Power Revolution, and offer a workshop with students. Her residency has been schedule to coincide with the AAH department’s annual Artweek programming and she looks forward to collaborating with SMCM faculty in their courses, and organizing a second screening or small series of experimental shorts from her video/film library. In term so her creative work plan, Hannah would like to spend her residency “doing a “deep dive” into editing several video/installation projects, including an experimental documentary about the psychology of navy life and a continuation of my thesis work called mermaid blues.”

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KC Culver
February 1-10, 2012

KC CulverBiography
KC Culver has taught writing since 2003 at the University of Miami, where she also serves as Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Faculty Advisor for UM’s national undergraduate literary and art journal Mangrove. She teaches creative writing as well as composition courses focused on The Disney Corporation and space/place. After graduating from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a degree in English, she earned her MA in English from Auburn University and her MFA in Poetry from the University of South Carolina. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals, including The Driftwood Review, wordriver, and Gulf Stream. She is currently working on a collection of poems about tarot cards; her chapbook Divination was a finalist with Blue Light Press. She also enjoys working collaboratively with visual artists. Her work “The Anatomy of Panic,” created with collage artist Victoria Skinner, will appear with the Sweat Broadsides collection at the Miami International Bookfair 2011. The Dérive Project (, a collaboration with digital artist Billy Friebele, explores the psychogeography of neighborhoods and cities through both words and images; “Dérive: Miami” was a featured workshop at the month-long literary festival O, Miami 2011.

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Bruce W. Feldman
January 23 – 27, 2012

Bruce FeldmanBiography
Bruce W Feldman was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.  As the only child of a career diplomat, he spent most of his first fifteen years living outside the United States. He holds a MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, received his BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, a BA in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has done graduate studies in film and special effects at the California State University in Humboldt.  Bruce has over twelve years of professional experience working with multimedia imaging software, predicting trends, and designing graphics for future markets.  He has worked for acclaimed companies like Nike and Patagonia, and his photographic artwork has hung in galleries in Oregon and California.  For the past eight years Bruce has held the position of Chair of Photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, teaching classes ranging from introductory to advanced digital media and senior thesis. Bruce was invited by the MFAST program at Maryland Institute, College of Art to work with graduate students as a resident artist during the summer of 2010 and as a faculty member for the summer of 2011. Bruce’s current work explores the boundary between still image and motion, working collaboratively with other artists to combine video, photography and sound into site-specific installations.

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Martin Brief
Monday, February 27 – Saturday, March 18, 2012
Residency sponsored by the Departments of Art & Art History and English

Martin Brief

Born and raised in Chicago, Martin Brief is an artist whose recent work, long-term, absurd, drawing-based tasks, explores the way that language, thought, and information relate to contemporary culture and the creation of self. Recent projects use the contents of various information streams including The New York Times, Artforum, and as source material for describing how information functions, shapes and reflects contemporary thought and beliefs. For Brief, these sources are part of a foundation of contemporary culture, but they are also part of an ever-growing field of information noise that begins with a never-ending internal dialogue and continues through to the all-pervasive blogoshpere. Central to his work is the linguistic dependence embedded in these diverse information streams and the tension between this reliance on language and it’s inherent limitations.

Martin’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York, Paris, Zurich, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. In addition, his work is in several private and public collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago Joan Flasch Artist Book Collection, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii. His most recent solo exhibition was at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of the Great Rivers Biennial.

Martin received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and went on to become an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University and then to Longwood University in Virginia. He currently lives and works in St. Louis and is an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University.

Residency plans
Martin Brief will work with Professors Jennifer Cognard-Black and Carrie Patterson to lead a collaborative project with Fiction Writing students and upper level painting students. In these course visits and project he will address the interaction of text and image, text as image and/or the power and limitations of language as both content and visual form. Brief will also present a public lecture on his studio work and interests. His creative work plans include continuing to complete works similar in scope and focus to his recent work.

For more information on the artist:

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Pam Cardwell
March 26 - May 4, 2012
Residency sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, and the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee

Pam Cardwell

Pam Cardwell received her BFA in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth and her MFA in 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania. Between 1998-2002 she taught drawing at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. During this time she traveled extensively throughout Turkey, Greece and Jordan. In 2007 she received a Fulbright grant to research color in the arts and architecture of the Republic of Georgia. In the Republic of Georgia she taught painting at the University of Film and Theatre and the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi. She also travelled to Armenia and Azerbaijan to study the images and color of their manuscripts and frescos and the relationship between eastern and western influences in these arts.

Islamic art, with its focus on the arabesque forms the basis of her work. She begins her work by drawing and painting the shapes on organic forms. As she works on her paintings and drawings over a long period of time they become imbued with her psychological and physiological idiosyncrasies. Aspects of 20th century abstraction in which the painting is found through the process of marking making and exploration of materials are an important part of her work process.

In 1998 and 2005 she received grants through the Joan Mitchell Foundation, in 1998 an MFA grant and in 2005 a Career Opportunity grant to attend an artist residency at Altos de Chavon through Parsons School of Design in La Romano, Dominican Republic. She has attended residencies at Garikula in the Republic of Georgia, Yaddo, the Albers Foundation, the Millay Colony and the Edward Albee Foundation. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Drexel University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lecture: On Art & Travel Throughout Turkey and the Caucasus Countries
Cardwell will deliver a presentation of the ancient arts of Turkey and the Caucasus countries of the former Soviet Union including the Republic of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Turkey, which is geographically at the crossroads of eastern and western cultures functions as a bridge between Western Europe and Asia. The Republic of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan though culturally distinct from the Turkey share traits with the Islamic arts of Turkey. Differences in imagery and color in the arts of these countries is specific to their landscape and geographic location. Cardwell will show images she made during travels throughout these counties. Images will include those of manuscripts, frescos and ethnographic and archaeological items including vessels, calligraphy and carpets.

This presentation will also examine how living and travelling in Turkey and the Republic of Georgia has been a continuing influence on the artist’s work. Abstract painting can take its influences from ethnography and the study of other cultures and she will talk about how through her travels to archaeological sites and museums in Turkey she became interested in the cultures and particularly the frescos and manuscripts of the Republic of Georgia and Armenia. The layering elements in these frescos, the specific rhythm and color of their imagery and the way one culture painted over and literally obliterated out the images of another is a metaphor for the working and reworking of her abstract paintings. Cardwell will also discuss present day Turkish and Georgian artists in the context of their political and cultural climate as well.

Residency plans
“I would be interested in working with students in critiques. I would show the students images of Islamic art that I have collected throughout my travels and use these images to explore the use of nature in the arts of fresco, manuscripts paintings and architecture. Nature as transformed through the imagination can be a rich source of inspiration in these arts and we will focus on the cognitive shift from representation to abstraction in these pieces as well as my work and the work of the students. Eastern and Western influences using color and imagery differ from culture to culture and we could also explore the different uses of color in these cultures. Students will use the landscape around St. Mary’s as a source of inspiration. Critiques and discussions, including visits to my working studio could be held throughout the residency period.”

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Lois Dodd and Elizabeth O’Reilly
May 18 –June 2, 2012 (Coincides with Fieldscapes summer course taught by Carrie Patterson)
Residency sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History

Two-Day Painting Workshop
Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and artists in the community will spend a day painting along side Lois Dodd and Elizabeth O’Reilly. The workshop will be conducted outside in the landscape of the college and Historic St. Mary’s City. Through observation and one on one interaction with the guest artists, students will learn their unique processes and techniques of painting from life. The workshop will continue into the evening for a screening of two films: Lois Dodd: Maine Master and Elizabeth O’Reilly: An Artist Abroad (translated from the Gaelic: Ealaiontoir Thar Saile), and then a second day of in studio critiques. Workshop will be limited to 20 participants. All students are expected to bring their own materials and are invited to bring older work for review.

Lois Dodd

Lois Dodd 

 Lois Dodd (b. 1927) studied at The Cooper Union in the late 1940s. In 1952 she was one of the five founding members of the legendary Tanager Gallery, the first artist run cooperative gallery in New York. Dodd is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and of the National Academy of Design. In 1992 she retired from teaching at Brooklyn College. Since 1954 her work has been the subject of over 50 one-person exhibitions. For over fifty years Dodd has painted her immediate everyday surroundings at the places she has chosen to live and work — the Lower East Side, rural Mid-Coast Maine, and the Delaware Water Gap. Her recent show at Alexandre Gallery in New York City included thirty-five paintings, both small-scale panel pieces and larger-scaled works on linen, completed during the past seven years in which shadows and their semi-abstract patterns are a dominant element in the compositions. In May 2012 her work will be the subject of a traveling retrospective exhibition to be organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Visit the artist's website for more information about Lois Dodd.

Elizabeth O’Reilly Biography 

Elizabeth O'Reilly

Elizabeth O'Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College, New York, and her B.Ed from the National University of Ireland. She teaches foundations at Parsons School of Design in New York and has been a visiting artist at Colby College and Trinity College in Ireland. She has participated in residencies at the Ballinglen Foundation, Ireland, the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, the Ragdale Foundation, Illinois, and has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. A documentary on her work, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad) was shown on network TV in Ireland. She has shown her work extensively nationally and internationally, most recently with a solo show at George Billis Gallery in New York City. For more information about Elizabeth O’Reilly, visit the artist's website.

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