Spring 2014

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


AAH Residencies 2012-2013


ART (Studio Art) Residency in Fall 2012:  Catherine O’Connell


Catherine O’Connell is a visual artist working in painting, drawing and sculptural installation in Baltimore, MD. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art and the Certificate in College Teaching of Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Catherine attended Pennsylvania State University where she earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing and was awarded the Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder Award for excellence in painting. She spent a semester studying in Italy with the Temple University Art and Architecture Program in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Rome and throughout Pennsylvania. O’Connell is represented by LGTripp Gallery in Philadelphia where she exhibited a new body of paintings in a two person show last fall. Catherine has served as a visiting artist and critic at Towson University and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at MICA in Drawing, Sculptural Forms, and Survey of Contemporary Design and Theory. She is part of an artist work space in Baltimore called Area 405.


While in residence, Catherine will be constructing both process driven drawings and paintings, and time based sculptural installations. O'Connell references interactions with architectural spaces and invented landscapes from stories and cinema. A habitual need to manipulate found and repurposed materials and marks aligns with her preference for the residual. Catherine acts on the innate proclivity for play by building abstracted tales with two and three-dimensional fragments.

During the Fall Semester O’Connell will teach a section of ART 204. Introduction to Drawing and will, on a limited basis, be available to meet with interested students and participate in SMP critiques. Her artist talk is scheduled for Wed. Sept 26 at 4:45 in Library 321. O’Connell will also hold an Open Studio for members of the college and local community (TBA). For more info about Catherine O’Connell:



ART (Studio Art) Residency in Spring 2013: Camilo Sanin


Camilo Sanin was born in Bogota, Colombia and now resides in Washington DC. After receiving a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Maryland in 2008, Sanin was awarded an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Conner Contemporary selected Sanin to be one of nineteen artists featured in ACADEMY 2011, the gallery's annual invitational survey of outstanding work by area BFA and MFA students. He is the 2009 recipient of the Hoffberger Foundation Fellowship and First Prize winner at the Bethesda Painting Awards. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Venezuela. The latest projects include a 12 piece public commission for South Clark St. in Crystal City, VA and participation in UMUC's Vista: Contemporary Works by Latin American Artists.

SaninSanin’s paintings are subtle geometric
abstractions that use line, color, and form to challenge preconceived visual ideals. The work explores cultural materials and personal experiences from differing local realities in order to derive and distill at a new narrative.  The interest lies in achieving visual equivalences through contrasting opposites, in the relationship of center to periphery, and in our delineation of inclusion through explicit terms of exclusion.

In spring 2013, Sanin will teach a studio art topics course, Decoding the World of Movie Poster Design that explores the principles and fundamental elements of post-WWII movie poster design. Students will study poster design across time and cultures and work in traditional and digital media.  During the semester, Sanin will also participate in SMP critiques, make several class visits, and be available to meet with interested students on a limited basis. He will present an artist talk on his work (TBA), and hold an Open Studio for members of the college and local community (TBA).  For more information about Camillo Sanin:  http://camilosanin.com/



AAH Short-term Residencies 2012-13


Jae Jennifer Rossman ’95, artist and librarian/curator/scholar

October 1-14, 2012


Jae Jennifer Rossman ‘95 is the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library. She started at the Arts Library as the Special Collections Librarian in 2000. Previously Jae worked at the Library of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and in the Preservation Department at Brandeis University Libraries. She has a B.A. in Art and Art History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Printmaking from Brandeis University, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Master of Arts in Modern History and Literature from Drew University.  http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/specialcollections/

As a librarian/curator/scholar, she has served on the Board of Directors and was the Chair of the Exhibition Committee at the Center for Book Arts in New York City.  She currently serves on the Criticism Task Force of the College Book Art Association.  Her invited essay “The Aura of Veracity in Artists’ Books” was published in the 2010 Grolier Club catalog Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists' Books from Women's Studio Workshop.  Rossman publishes the Book Arts Essay series under her personal imprint, the jenny-press, as a means to contribute to critical literature on the important medium of artists’ books.  http://www.jennypress.com/latest.html

As an artist, Rossman uses line as a way to explore her environment and imagination and to investigate the worlds of nature and pattern & decoration.  Favorite subjects include flowers and leaves, as observed in her garden and in botanical illustrations, as well as man-made decorative patterns inspired from nature, such as rugs and textiles.  For the last several years, she has been working primarily on drawings and translating them into small-scale prints.

Residency Plans:  Rossman looks forward to meeting with students in the course ART 347 Book Arts to discuss the elements that make for successful artists’ books.  She will also present an updated and extended version of the paper “Color Bound: Book Artists Seek Inspiration from Color Theory,” which she gave at The Art of the Book Symposium at Historic Deerfield, co-sponsored by the Wellesley College Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art, March 12, 2011.  She also plans to reconnect with the amazing natural surroundings of SMCM and incorporate them into a series of new drawings.


Glenn Shrum

February 11-25, 2013

Glenn ShrumSpanning the fields of design and art practice, Glenn Shrum’s work with light places him at the center of converging professional disciplines.  Originally trained as an architect, Shrum received a Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis on lighting installations and light art history from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.  In addition to his professional activity as principal of Flux Studio, Glenn Shrum is an active member of the international lighting design and education community. From 2009 to 2011 he was US coordinator of the Professional Lighting Designers' Association and he is currently lecturer in the MFA Lighting Design program at Parsons The New School for Design School of Constructed Environments in New York City where his courses include Light-Space_Art and an interdisciplinary design studio.  An accomplished lecturer on light art, Shrum’s recent lectures on this topic include “Light Art as Inspiration” at the 2012 Enlighten Americas conference in Vancouver, Canada, “Sensory Enlightenment: Light Art & Lighting Design” at 2012 Lightfair International in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Learning More from Light Art” at the 2011 Professional Lighting Design Conference in Madrid, Spain, “Delight in Darkness” lecture at 2010 Architectural Lighting Days Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, and “Looking: Light Art Considered” to the Art Seminar Group in Baltimore, Maryland in 2010.  Recent journal articles include “Light Art Matters” in Architectural Lighting (USA) Jan/Feb 2011 issue, “Lighting Art and Lighting Design” in Luminous (Netherlands) issue 9, 2012, and a designer profile / interview in Professional Lighting Design China in 2010.  Current projects include Villa I Tatti Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence Italy, National Children’s Museum (USA), Baltimore Museum of Art, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Aquarium, Baltimore and numerous light art installations.

Natalia González Requena

March 18 – April 1, 2013

Gonzalez Requena

Natalia González Requena is a Bolivian artist currently moving between the cities of Santa Cruz in Bolivia and Pittsburgh in the United States. She recently earned her MFA in Studio Art, and a Certificate in the College Teaching of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to this, she obtained a licentiate in Fine Arts at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, in Santiago in 2002. In her art, González Requena applies temporal and spatial considerations to an expanded notion of drawing. Through interactions with objects, cameras, and/or light, she employs diverse methods of drawing. These include installations, video performances, and drawings on paper. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Santa Cruz, La Paz, Sucre, Cochabamba, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Baltimore, Glen Echo, and a residency and exhibition titledFactory Installed at the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh. Her work is currently being shown in the group show Delineadores (Delineators), at the Cultural Center Simón I. Patiño in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Intersecting with her exhibition practice, Natalia remains active as an art teacher. She began instructing painting classes at the NUR University in Bolivia (1993-1994) and currently holds the position of adjunct drawing instructor at UPSA University (2012) in Santa Cruz. She has recently created a workshop titled Drawing in Time/Space at the Kiosko Art Center in Santa Cruz.


Bonnie Rychlak, artist and independent curator

April 1-14, 2013


Bonnie Rychlak is an independent curator, art consultant, lecturer and visual artist. She is the former curator for the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, Inc. An artist herself, she worked as an assistant to Isamu Noguchi beginning in January 1980 until his death in 1988. Rychlak is considered an authority on Isamu Noguchi and worked for many years on his catalogue raisonné. 
In November 2011, she curated an exhibition, "On Display in Orange County: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture" in Costa Mesa, California, February 2012, I co-curated a group exhibition with Peter Hopkins for the Bogart Salon, "Black and White and Re(a)d All Over," and in April 2012, a group exhibition for the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, "Diversities of Sculpture/Derivations from Nature."
Here are a few exhibitions curated for The Noguchi Museum. "The Courage of Imagination: California Scenario 2010"; "Full Figure and Portraiture," 1926–1941 in 2008; "Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi" in 2007–2008; Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham in 2005; and "The Bollingen Journey, Photographs and Drawings 1949–1956" in 2003.
Additionally, she organized numerous international exhibitions featuring the work of Isamu Noguchi such as an exhibition of ceramics for the Fundacion ICO in Madrid in 2006; "Noguchi and the Figure," presented at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey and the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City in 1999.  Specialties: the work of Isamu Noguchi, 20th century sculpture, contemporary sculpture. For more info about Bonnie Rychlak: http://bonnierychlak.net/index.html



Saul Ostrow, art critic and writer



Saul Ostrow is the Art Editor for Bomb Magazine and was Co-Editor of Lusitania Press (1996-2004) and the Editor of the book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture (1996- 2006) published by Routledge, London. He has served as the Chair of Visual Arts and Technologies at the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Director of the Center for Visual Art and Culture, University of Connecticut Storrs, and since 1989 has taught as an adjunct at the School of Visual Arts. Since1987, he has curated over 70 exhibitions in the US and abroad – half of which have focused on abstract art. His writings have appeared in numerous art magazines, journals, catalogues and books in the USA and Europe, most recently Bill Bollinger, Museum of Fine art, Lichtenstein. He presently, reviews regularly for Art in America and his article Women in Pop appeared in the September, 2010 and his interview with artist-filmmaker Brent Green appears in the January, 2011issue of Art in America. He and the artist, Charles Tucker have since 2008, collaborated on a project in which they have sought to construct a quantifiable systems network and an apparatus by which to analyze artworks. Ostrow earned an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a four-year certificate in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. For more info about Saul Ostrow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saul_Ostrow