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


Matthew Backtell, Art History SMP, 2000                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Brown

Art Education in the Soviet Union: Breeding Grounds for Dissidence

David Monavardisashvili, Four Cycles of Life (detail)

Abstract:The Soviet Union was a complex totalitarian state that infiltrated every aspect of the everyday life of its citizens. This intrusion included the realm of the visual arts. To reinforce the Communist system as a positive governmental organization, an official art style known as Socialist Realism was introduced in 1934. This style called for an art that was realist in its portrayal of subject matter with a content that supported the dogma of the Soviet Union while not supporting religion or depicting erotic nudity. Eventually, a counterculture emerged that chose to break with the rules of Socialist Realism. These artists became known as the nonconformists. This SMP culminated in the curation of an art exhibition of four nonconformist artists from the Soviet Republic of Georgia entitled "Nonconformist Art." Artists in the exhibition included Vladimir Kandelaki, Georgi Mikeladze, David Monavardisashvili, and Sergei Paradjanov. In conjunction with the exhibition, and the SMP, the college hosted a gallery opening with a public lecture, and a symposium on Georgian art featuring Norton Dodge, James Steffen, Thomas Barrett, Julie Christensen, and Irena Popiashvili. Two pieces of writing were part of the project: the exhibition catalog, which has biographical information on the four artists, a history of Soviet control in the arts, and an introduction by Dr. Norton Dodge, and a formal paper addressing the issue of art education under the Soviet Union and how this highly regulated practice in fact helped to produce nonconformist reactions to Soviet Realism. [Project includes film on VHS: Georgian unofficial art lecture and symposium; and exhibition catalog: Nonconformist art: works of the Soviet Republic of Georgia from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection, February 17-March 7, 2000, Boyden Gallery, St. Mary's College of Maryland]