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


Ann  Frederic, Art History SMP, 2004                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Golden Age of British Railway Posters: Romanticism and Modernity in Advertising Imagery

Poster, Great Western Railway, Cornwall by Leonard Richmond, c.1930.

Abstract:  In 1923, the British railway system was amalgamated into four regional and geographic companies. The years between 1923 and 1947 are known as the golden age of posters. During this time innovations in graphic design flourished and some of the railways used these new techniques in developing their visual advertising campaigns. In my paper, I looked at the way fine art movements at the time, influenced graphic art and design, and examined the ways these images were used in developing advertising that not only looked good, but worked in a poster format. I focused my investigation on imagery that I saw as expressing the tension of the railway, as both a possible means for escaping modern life into the great “outdoors” and the representation of the train as a modern and innovative form of transportation. Poster designers constructed images of nature to advertise the romance of travel and sight seeing. While the train advertised where it could take its passenger, it also had to advertise itself. Images of the train began to appear in posters, using modern art movement vocabularies to advertise the speed and efficiency of the trains. As a form of advertisement, these posters were created for public consumption and therefore needed public spaces in which to be presented. The railway station became a gallery space, where it could show its work to all its passengers.