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


Sue Johnson
Professor of Art

Photo of Sue Johnson

Departments: Art
Office: Montgomery Hall 140
Email: srjohnson@smcm.edu
Phone: (240) 895-4250


  • M.F.A. Painting, Columbia University, New York City, NY (1981)
  • B.F.A. Painting, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1979)
  • Syracuse University in London in conjunction with St. Martin's School of Art (1977-78)
  • Syracuse University in Florence (1978)
  • Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA (1975-76)

Link to Sue Johnson's Personal Site

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught:


Sue Johnson is a Professor of Art and has been teaching at St. Mary's College since 1993. She teaches courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts, and scientific illustration. Professor Johnson received a B.F.A. in Studio Arts from Syracuse University and an M.F.A. in Painting from Columbia University. She studied art in London and Florence with Syracuse University. Before coming to St. Mary's, she was the workshop coordinator for Triangle Artists' Workshop, and taught at the Herron School of Art I.U.P.U.I, and the Parsons School of Design. Her on-going mixed media project, The Alternate Encyclopedia has been shown extensively since 1995 at museums, universities, galleries and alternative spaces. Her work is in the permanent collections of the US Embassy in Sarajevo, Yale University Libraries, Smithsonian American Art Museum Libraries, Bristol-Myers/Squibb, The Prudential Life Insurance Company, Tweed Museum of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Maier Museum of Art among others. Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art Papers, The New Art Examiner. Professor Johnson has received several national grants and awards, including an NEA Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation grant in painting, Pollock-Krasner Foundation fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and four Individual Artist Fellowships from the Maryland State Arts Council. While at St. Mary’s College Johnson has served at the Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts, 2003-07, and was awarded the Norton Dodge Award for Creative and Scholarly Achievement, 2006. 

Exhibition & Fellowship Information

Johnson served as the Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford, England from 2010-11.

The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University is organizing a large-scale museum show of her work in 2013, and Johnson is currently working on an artist project with the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Recent one-person exhibitions at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2009; University of Richmond Museums, 2008; Schroeder-Romero/Winkleman Project Space, 2008; Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2007; Swarthmore College, 2007; The John Michael Kohler Art Center, 2006; Carleton College, 2005; and the Tweed Museum of Art, 2004. Recent group exhibitions include shows at Reyes + Davis, 2010; Civilian Art Projects, 2009; Maier Museum of Art, 2009; Katzen Art Center at American University, 2009; Kunst und Gewerbeverein Gallery, Regensberg, Germany, 2008; Lewis & Clark College, Lehman College, 2008; and 1708 Gallery, 2008.

Awarded resident library research fellowships by the American Philosophical Society, 2004; and the American Antiquarian Society, 2000. 

Awarded residency fellowships to the Kohler Arts/Industry program, 2007; Jentel Foundation, 2006; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 1990, 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2009; Art Omi International Artist Colony, 2001; Ragdale Foundation, 1999; the MacDowell Colony, 1989, 1991, and 1999; Vermont Studio Center; Artist-in-residence at the Oberfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany, 1999; and Artist-in-Residence at the Salzburg Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria, 2006.

Grants, Awards and Honors:

  • Four Individual Artist Awards from The Maryland State Arts Council (1995, 2005, 2008, 2009)
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship (1998)
  • NEA/Mid Atlantic Art Foundation Fellowship (1994)
  • Norton Dodge Award for Outstanding Creative and Scholarly Achievement, SMCM (2006)
  • Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts, SMCM (2003-07)

More information about her creative work can be found at: www.suejohnson1.com