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


Jacob Lewis, Art History SMP, 2002                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Pious Boys and Wrinkled Women Representing Age in Sixteenth Century Holy Family Images


Abstract: The science of interpretation, or hermeneutics, is thought to be a discipline furthering the production of cultural 'truths' while neglecting to examine its own limitations. There comes a pleasure out of this production of truth and meaning: a pleasure in the interpreter's contribution to discourse. Not only does the art historian perform the interpreter's role but also many artworks recognize this erotics of decoding and in turn provide more channels for pleasure to arise. These excesses of pleasure through interpretation are found in much of art's propensity towards complexity and contradiction. One facet of sixteenth century art demonstrating this complexity is the representation of age—spanning from birth to death. Age differences and ambiguities represented in Italian Holy Family images indicate other contradictions present in notions of gender, sexuality, and patriarchy. Using art historical analysis, I intend to unfold and examine these instable categories revealing not only art history's investment in an erotics of decoding but also sixteenth century culture's role in producing art specifically addressing an erotic hermeneutics.