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


Kelli Southard, Art History SMP, 2005                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

The Conservational Gaze

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Conservation Lab

Abstract:  My paper is multifaceted but primarily focused on issues of modern and contemporary art conservation. I start with the basics, breaking down: “what art is?” and “what is art conservation?” From there I begin to question decisions made about conservation and what some of the differences are between historical and modern art conservation. I discuss some models used for art conservation, such as Variable Media Network and The Conservation of Modern Art Project. I also considered works done by artists Jean Tinguely, Tony Cragg, Felix Gonzales-Torres, and Meg Webster. I conducted on-site research by visiting various labs; a journal of this experience is joined at the end of my paper. These two bases, a general inquisition and analytic approaches, provide a framework for my own theoretical model of art conservation. I call this the “conservational gaze.” Art conservation can afford us a different way of looking at art that not only helps to understand a different aspect of the work but also give us insight into ourselves. By asking philosophical and ethical questions and grounding them in modern and contemporary examples, I will address how art conservation can change our perception of art.