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


Jacquelyn Wilson, Art History SMP, 2007                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Cristin Cash

Investigation into the construction of variable meaning surrounding the Basilica of Ste. Denis

St. Denis

Abstract: I argue for an understanding of the variable, dynamic nature of interpretation in the art historical world. Using the example of the Basilica of Ste. Denis I take a historiographic stance allowing me to compile a range of interpretations that have been in place for the building over time. I then move through history, using the fashions of the day to form visual comparisons between a number of different architectural markers from Ste. Denis such as façade, decoration, etc. Ultimately I show that in any aged and canonical work of art, one can establish an interpretative history that is varied and rewarding. These methods of looking at art objects with emphasis on how to look and who is looking is a branch of art history that is demanding more and more equal consideration, and this paper represents an attempt to blend these studies into more object based studied, using the combination of theory and visual to offer proof of my premise.