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



Art Student Resources > Off-Campus Study 

St. Mary’s College is your home base but there is a big wide world out there with endless opportunities to further your education beyond the walls of SMCM.

Study abroad can be accomplished in 3 primary ways: as a short term SMCM study tour during summer, winter or spring breaks, though a semester-long SMCM signature program, and through many excellent non-SMCM international programs.


SMCM Signature Programs and Study Tours 

Andean Studies Study Tour (Studio Art, Art History, History, Latin American Studies)

AndeanThis study tour led by Professor Cristin Cash, Professor Adriana Brodsky, and Professor Billy Friebele is intended to immerse students in Andean culture in a way that reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of Latin American Studies. Therefore, the itinerary and coursework introduce students to the Andean region through multiple disciplinary lenses, including art history, history, environmental studies, political science, anthropology, archaeology and literature.  The general itinerary explores a variety of locations from the ancient cities of the Inca, to the city of Cusco, to contemporary villages in Chincero and Pisac.  Considered as a whole, the study tour provides students with an overview of Andean culture in relation to both natural and built environments, as well as meaningful interacion with the history and people of the Andes from its ancient roots through the Colonial period and into the present.

This tour will be offered in May 2013. For more information, visit the study tour page, or contact Professor Adriana Brodsky at ambrodsky@smcm.edu, or Professor Cristin Cash at clcash@smcm.edu.

Previously Offered Study Tours and classes


Oxford, England

oxfordProfessor Sue Johnson taught Drawing in the Museums at the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford in Spring 2011.  Students had the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes in Oxford museums, drawing from art and artifacts in the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum and in the museum's collections, Pitt Rivers Museum, Museum of the History of Science, Natural History Museum, University of Oxford Botanic Garden and the collections of the University of Oxford's Department of Plant Sciences.  Students learned basic drawing and watercolor skills to create a portfolio of works drawn from at least three museums that established a curatorial theme of their own devising.  A book was published to document the work, which is available for viewing and purchase at: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2107810


Alba, Italyalba

This three -week study tour led by Professor Carrie Patterson used Alba, Italy and regional sites in Northern Italy as a living laboratory filled with opportunities to learn through direct observation. Students explored the principles, practices, and history of painting and drawing on site from underground, street level, to mountains and towersrising above landscapes and cities. Students also learned the techniques of drawing and painting from direct observation, and the conceptual framework for understanding our ideas about landscape, architecture, and historic preservation. Studio work was conducted outside or on site in historic chapels, civic buildings, and surrounding landscape.
A book was published to document the work.

Non-SMCM Study Abroad Programs  (Art History) 

Various Locations

Temple University, Full semester programs to Spain, Rome, Japan 
Temple University Summer programs to India and Rome
IES abroad  multiple locations including Ireland, Australia, Beijing, and London  
American Institute of Foreign Study, various locations
SIT Study Abroad, various locations (arts, cultural expression and social change)

CET Academics Programs for Art History in Florence and Siena, Italy 
University of Georgia at Cortona, Italy 

Latin America
Casa Herrera - Antigua, Guatemala (Ancient and Modern Mesoamerica), University of Texas at Austin
Intensive Portugese Language, Art and Culture, Rio de Janiero, Brazil (University of Utah)


Non-SMCM Study Abroad Programs  (Studio)

Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Pont-Aven, France  
University of Georgia at Cortona, Italy
The International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy  
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy  
Speos Paris Photographic Institute, Paris, France  
Tyler School of Art /Temple University, summers and full semesters to Rome, Italy  
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland  

Study Abroad Resources

International Education Office

College Art Association Certified International Exchange Programs   

Study Abroad Scholarships
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (for Pell Grant recipients) - applications due one semester in advance of study