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


Vera smiley, Art History SMP, 2006                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

porTrails: launching female desire

Majoli drawing

As the title suggests, porTrails: Launching Female Desire queries the subject of desire. The project finds desire manifesting itself in a variety of ways. To match the multiplicitous nature of the subject matter I have responded by multiplying my modes of approach. Each of PorTrails’ three components offers alternating way of exploring desire. First, I have written a more traditional art historical paper based upon visual analysis. This form has allowed me to locate contemporary images and the ideas they bring to life in a mixed context of art history and queer theory. Second, I have gathered a sound piece that investigates both the concept and experience of desire. The piece, titled Desire, uses the voices of three artists Deborah Bright, Monica Majoli, and Del LaGrace Volcano. Many of their comments come from the intersection of their professional lives as artists and their personal lives. Third, I facilitated a performance that moves this discussion of desire from theory into the realness of people’s lives. Through word of mouth I gathered together twenty women who I challenged to excavate the sources, manifestations, and meanings of their desire.