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


Samantha Fox, Art History SMP, 2006                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Jacques-Louis David; Neoclassicism, Art and Politics

David self-portrait

By the late 1700s, the Neoclassical art movement had gained a strong following in France due to the writings by such art historians and critiques as Johan Joachim Winckelmann (1717 – 1768), as well as to the growing political and social unrest amongst the rising middle class. Winckelmann’s call to artists to immerse themselves in models of classical antiquity was answered by the rising middle class of artists and philosophers in France as a response to the growing extravagance of the monarchy at the expense of the people. Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825) was among the artists that advocated these new ideas, this Neoclassicism. David became a revolutionary and a neoclassical artist simultaneously. Neoclassicism became the artistic movement of the French Revolution (1789 – 1799) and no artist exemplified the strong relationship between politics and art at this time better than David. In my study of Jacques-Louis David and his unique contributions to Neoclassicism and the French Revolution, an examination of Winckelmann’s works is a necessary beginning step. In his two greatest works, Winckelmann gave young, struggling artists (like David and his contemporaries) a blueprint for creating masterpieces that would make them famous for their artistic achievements and infamous for their political values and actions. No other artists explored the neoclassical style and broke its boundaries to merge art and politics quite like David. Winckelmann wrote that “the ancient Greeks in all aspects of their life and thought were more perfect than the modern European: more perfect in art and literature and religion, and more perfect as specimens of men.” [from introduction]