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Spring 2014

Art and Art History Event Calendar


Life Model Sessions

Every Tuesday Starting February 4

8:30-10:00 PM, Montgomery Hall

45th Annual All Student Show

March 5th, 4:45 PM, Boyden Gallery

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


Our Graduates / Where are they now?

To tell us what you are doing or update your info E-mail us.  And stay connected by joining our SMCM Art and Art History Alumni facebook group.  

Be sure to check out our Alumni Videos for a more in-depth look at what our Alumni are doing with their Art and Art History degrees!

Matthew Bachtell (art history, 2000) completed his master's degree in Information and Library Science with a concentration in information management at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is currently the research assistant/webmaster of the Sloane Art Library at UNC, Chapel Hill.

Keith Backhaus (art history, 2004) received his creative writing M.F.A. from Goddard College.  He is the founder of Empty City Press, an independent, collaborative creative community in Baltimore, MD.

Michael Bargamian (studio art, 2013) is currently employed by the Howard County Department of Planing and Zoning and works in their print shop. He will also being interning at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden during the course of their new exhibition entitled Damage Control, which runs from October 2013 until February 2014.

Letitia Baylor (studio art, 1999), is currently working and living in Los Angeles. After working as a photographer, she shifted to the entertainment industry, and is now an executive assistant for the vice president of a television production company.

Melissa (Missy) Beck Lemke (art history, 1992) is the cataloguer of Italian Art for the Library Image Collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

Mariel Berry (art history, 2005) is a development officer at San Diego State University, where she specializes in arts and culture initiatives.

Elizabeth Botten (art history, 1999) is an Archives Technician at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., where she assists researchers with primary documents and artworks.

Allison Bryan (studio art, 2000) is working as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, doing headshots, fashion, promotional and interior shots.  is working as a makeup artist in the industry and loving it.  Her work can be seen at her web site Allibimakeup

Hannah Piper Burns (studio art, 2006) achieved her MFA in 2009 from the San Francisco Art Institute. She currently lives and works in Portland, OR as a freelance art writer, communications director for the Museum of Pocket Art, and a social media and blog coordinator for artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson. Her recent work can be found at

Diane Burroughs (studio art 1974) completed a Masters degree in Pastoral Theology from Washington Theological Union in Washington DC in 2000, with a thesis entitled Artistic Expression of Spirituality. She currently works full time as staff chaplain for Hospice of Marion County in Ocala FL.

Ken Castelli (studio art, 2006) currently lives and works on Tangier Island, a Chesapeake Bay island off the coast of Virginia.  From 2007-2010, he served as the Artist-in-Residence on Tangier Island, VA (through the Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center), a program he helped establish.  During his first two years as the Artist-in-Residence, Ken helped with design and construction of the museum displays. He also taught art classes and has become involved with the community.  His work has been shown at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, MD, and he has also been a visiting artist for "Art in the 'Toon Age" at the Delaware Art Museum.  See more of his work here.

Anna Danz (art history, 2012) is currently pursuing her Masters degree in the History of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

John Deamond (studio art, 2006) is attending the low residency program at Parsons, The New School For Design in pursuit of his MFA in photography. He is also an instructional assistant in the Department of Visual Arts & Design at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD. John recently created a book for Transformer Gallery's "Sketch" exhibition that he plans to publish in a few years. His work can be viewed at He plans to have a real website soon.

Maggie Dimock (art history, 2007) is working toward an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts at the Corcoran School of Art and Design. She is currently working as an Admissions Supervisor at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.

Jen Dohne (studio art, 2002) recently completed her MFA in the sculpture program of the School of the Visual Arts in New York.  She is living and working in Brooklyn.  Jen returned to SMCM in fall, 2005 as artist in residence at the Artist House.

Shonne N. Farrell (studio art, 1994) completed a graphic design certificate in 2000. Since then she’s been working as an independent graphic designer, illustrator, and teacher.

Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. Recent reviews of his work include Rental Wonderland - Visual Art - Baltimore City Paper  and Smörgåsbord Reviewed by Baynard Woods at City Paper
See his work at

Remina Greenfield (studio art, 2012) is an Interpretive Guide and Graphic Design Intern at the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She recently gave a gallery talk on artist Ai Weiwei.

Elena Gross (art history, 2012) worked as an intern at the GLBT Historical Society & Museum in San Francisco after graduation. In spring 2013, she joined the Washington Project for the Arts as a staff intern.

Gina Gwiazdowski (studio art, 2000) is a graphic designer for Booz-Allen Hamilton here in southern Maryland. She handles the formatting and graphics for briefs, slick sheets, and multimedia presentations, and in her spare time walks her puppy.

Alexis Hill (studio art, 2009) is currently working at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, MD as an exhibits information technician with the Center for National Archives Experience located in Washington, DC since January 2010.  During late summer and fall 2009, Alexis worked as a visitor service representative at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.  She currently lives in Mitchellville, MD.

Amanda Gearey (studio art, 2003) completed a Masters of Architecture at RISD in 2007 and now lives and works in Naples, FL. She is currently in the process of becoming a registered architect and starting her own design firm.

Katie Hammond (art history, 2000) is the director of Library Services at The Perkiomen School, a 6-12 coed boarding and day school in PA.  She completed her M.S. in Library and Information Science in 2008.

Corkey (Hay) Desimone (studio art) created and runs the Gentle Giraffe Press, an educational publisher that develops books, websites, and interactive teaching tools for children, parents, and teachers in Bethesda Maryland

Gabriel Hodge (studio art, 1993) is an architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects in Pennsylvania. Since his time at St. Mary's he has worked on a variety of design projects including the St. Mary's College campus master plan, and a new student center for Catholic University in D.C.. He is also pursuing interests in graphic design and is writing and illustrating a children's book. Gabriel lives in Wilkes-Barre with his wife, Lisa (Chaney, SMCM '93) and their two sons, Aidan and Cohen.

Anna Huttel (art history, 2003) lives in Chicago. In 2010, she completed her M.A. in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, , and she now works for the architectural and design consulting firm dbHMS.

Tara Hutton (Studio Art 2011) is currently working at Bowdoin College as the Visual Arts Technician. Before she moved to Maine, Tara worked in various jobs as an art instructor, freelance graphic and web designer, and gallery assistant. She also was the St Mary's College Studio Assistant from 2011 to 2013. 

Meredith Johnson (art history, 1999) completed an M.A. in Curatorial Practice at CCAC (California College of Arts and Crafts). She is currently Curator and Director of Consulting at Creative Time in New York City.

Mike Johnson (studio art, 1996) Mike Johnson is an audio-visual technician at University of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at George Washington University in DC, where he has taught classes in video installation and photography. Mike continues to make both electronic and object based art, including assemblage, experimental electronic music, video installation, performance, and photography. Most recently, Mike's sound pieces "You Are Not Alone" were included in The Department of Ecology, Art, and Technology's "Wild Information Network" site-specific installation and his video work was included in the exhibition "Dynamic Field" a group exhibition curated by SMCM alum Jayme McClellan at the Warehouse Arts Complex in DC.

Timothy Johnson (studio art, 1999) is currently in Boston reading, thinking, and making art. He plans to return to New York to pursue work at the Studio School, where he spent the summer of 1999.

Karley Klopfenstein (studio art, 1997) lives in Brooklyn where she continues to create sculpture ( and is the development director at Nurture Art
in New York. She returned to SMCM as an artist in residence for the fall 2010 semester and exhibited her work in a two person exhibition at the Boyden Gallery.

Anastasia Krylova (studio art, 2008) has been teaching 5th and 6th Grade Special Ed. at Carmody Hills Elementary in Prince George’s County and taking night classes through the Prince George’s County Teaching Fellows Program for the last year and a half. She will receive full certification by summer ’11 and hopes to keep teaching in a high-need urban school in the New York City area.

Franny Kupersmith (art history minor, 2011) currently works for the Pink Line Project, a new online initiative to boost, promote and connect the DC-area arts community.

Amanda (Lamont) Link (art history/psychology, 2005) completed her master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Towson University in 2007.  She is currently a special education teacher in the Preschool Therapeutic Autism Program at The Forbush School (Sheppard-Pratt) in Towson.

Jennifer Lamar (art history, 2010) worked as a Collections Database developer at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in art education at Kutztown University.

Angelia Lane (Murray) (studio art, 2005) is currently completing an MFA at SUNY New Paltz in painting and drawing. View Angelia's web site

Liz Lawrence (studio art '08) lives in Eugene, Oregon with her partner Aaron Brussat (TFMS '07) and their five chickens. She directs finance and communications for the McKenzie River Trust, a nonprofit land trust that protects special places in western Oregon. She earned a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon in 2010. Although she hasn't made any art in a while, Liz served for four years as a member of the Board of Directors for MECCA: the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts, a nonprofit that diverts scrap materials from the waste stream and teaches people to make art from them.

Jacob Lewis
(art history, 2002) received his PhD in Art History from Northwestern University in Fall, 2011. He earlier received his MA in Art History from the Williams/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. While completing his degree, Jacob also held fellowship positions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Department of Photographs and the National Gallery of Canada. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he teaches art history at the Pratt Institute and the College of Staten Island.

Emily Macenko (art history, 2005) worked for several years as Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations in the Development Office of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  She recently completed the Master of Arts Program in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of Art in San Francisco and now works in the development office of the Oakland Museum of California.

Erica Maust (art history, 2009) worked as the Art and Art History Department assistant for two years. She is currently pursuing her MS in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

Katie McAfee (art history, 2011) is presently a graduate student in Art History at Florida State University, where she is focusing her field studies in their interdisciplinary Visual Culture of the Americas program track.

Alexandra McCallen (art history, 2012) began graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Information and Library Science in Fall, 2012. She also works part time at the St. Mary's College of Maryland library.

Jayme McClellan (art and english, 2004) is the Founder and Director of Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DD. Prior to Civilian, she served as the Director of Development for the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC). She sits on the executive committee for the D.C. Chapter of ArtTable, a professional women's leadership association in the arts, and the Advisory Council of Artworks Projects and Transformer Gallery in Washington DC. She is also adjunct faculty at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, leading a class on professional practices for emerging artists.

April Morgan (studio art, 2009) completed her Master's of Arts in Teaching through St. Mary's College of Maryland's MAT Program, where she was awarded the Dallas P. Dean Teacher Education Award. She is currently an art teacher at McDonough High School in Charles County, MD.

Ama Mills-Robertson (art history, 2002) completed an M.A. in art history at the University of Denver. She is Coordinator of Programming & Fictions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CO.

Erika Myers-Bromwell (studio art, 2002) is the Director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Indiana.

Ya Haddy Njie (studio art, 2009) lives and works in Johnstown, PA where she is a web content and eMarketing specialist for a biotechnology company, ITSI-Biosciences (a site authored by Ya Haddy).

Elizabeth Nittler (studio art and anthropology, 2008) has started her M.A. in Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Caitie Occhipinti (art history and political science, 2010) is working toward an M.A. in International Affairs at the School of International Service, American University, where she is specializing in US Foreign Policy, Latin American cultural patrimony and transnational art crime.

Julia Oldham (art history, 2001) is a video artist whose performative work combines scientific inquiry with elements of experimental movement and dance. She travels frequently to participate in residency programs around the country, and has shown her work in exhibitions and festivals internationally. Julia received an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2005. Visit her portfolio at

Koko Olszweski (studio art 2012, MAT 2013) is currently an AmeriCorps National member with Habitat for Humanity in Vancouver, WA where she gets to drive a truck and teach others how to build life-sized, functional sculptures- commonly referred to as houses. Koko graduated from SMCM in 2012 with her degree in Art and Art History with minors in sociology and education and from the MAT in 2013 with her masters in K-12 Art Education. 

Kevin Patrick (studio art, 1992) is an adjunct professor of art at Alabama State University. He earned an M.F.A. in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001. In addition to teaching, he is "attempting to create the great American graphic novel."

Kate Pollasch-Thames (art history, 2010) is pursuing a dual M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Katherine Rizzo (studio art and biology, 2002) completed graduate work in the Scientific Illustration program at UC Santa Cruz in 2003. She is currently the Art Director and Managing Editor for The Equiery, a regional equestrian multimedia publication. Katherine also teaches part time and continues to do freelance art/illustration/ photography for various clients such as the Smithsonian's Museum of National History, Trust for Public Land, and Waredaca.

Julia Robey's (studio art, 2000) work has been displayed in numerous Art League juried exhibits and she has done illustration work for Voice of the Hill newspaper and The Parishoner. In June 2002, her family purchased and renovated an old restaurant on H Street, NE turning it into what is now the H Street Playhouse, a full-scale theater. The Playhouse is home to Gallery H, of which Julia is the Director and Curator. The first exhibit in this new space was "Shift," a series of works by fellow St. Mary's Art graduate Julia Oldham. In her spare time, Julia sings and plays keyboards for the jam-band Serious Lee and for a side project, 33 1/3 and she writes a monthly column for Voice of the Hill newspaper. Julia lives just outside of DC in Mt. Rainier, MD.

Samantha Rockler (art history, 2012) is currently Health Coordinator for the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, New York.

Tessa Sabol (art history, 2007) completed her M.A. in Museum Studies at George Washington University. During Graduate School she worked as a Collections Specialist at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Department of the Treasury. She is currently Assistant Registrar at the Textile Museum in Washington DC.

Sarah Sachs (studio art, 2006) recently completed her MFA in Photography and Electronic Media from Maryland Institute College of Art and is currently a part time professor of art at MICA and AACC.  Visit her website at

Laura (Salzman) Rozengota (studio art, 2001) completed a Masters in Art Education at MICA and has taught art in Calvert County Public Schools for the past 10 years.

Kirk Saunders (studio art, 2003) is getting his masters in a program called eco-dwelling at the New College of California in San Franscisco. He is also working with an organization called City Repair doing community organizing and resource localization in the Bay Area and co-developing a prototype disaster relief home for victims of natural devastations. His email is

Amy (Sehman) Odem  (studio art, 1998) earned a second bachelors in Art Education from Towson University right after St. Mary's. She is currently getting a masters in "Curriculum and Instruction: Integrating the Arts" from Lesley University. She lives in Limerick, Maine and has been an elementary art teacher for two schools in South Portland since 2000. She'd be happy to correspond with St. Mary's students who have questions about becoming an art teacher.

Brittany Sigley (art history, 2011) worked as the gallery assistant at Civilian Art Projects in Washington DC immediately following graduation. She is now a staff member in the National Portrait Gallery's Education Department, where she specializes in developing and leading Youth and Family Programs.

Teresa Slobuski (art history minor and english, 2008) completed an M.L.S. in Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, with a specialization in art information. While in graduate school, she was president of SOURCE, Student Organization for Unique and Rare Collections Everywhere. In fall 2011, she began a tenure-track appointment as Academic Liaison Librarian at the San Jose State University Library.

Kim Thorpe (studio art, 1994) presently lives and works in Washington D.C., where she has exhibited in several important group shows. She went straight from undergraduate to graduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned an M.F.A. in 1998. She has also been a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center.

Vanessa Vizcarrondo (studio art, 2007) is currently teaching art to students in Pre-K thru 6th grade at St. Michaels Elementary School in St. Michaels, MD.  Her most current body of work is based on her recent studies of the Hensche color theory, inspired by her studies with Camille Przewodek in the summer of 2009.  Most recently, Vanessa has been focusing on plein air painting out in the landscapes of the Eastern Shore.  Of her new body of work she says, "I find it refreshing to go out into the landscape and capture nature's beauty with the bright and bold colors that I can create with my palette knife."

Jae Rossman (Williams) (studio art, 1995) currently resides in New Haven, CT, where she is the Assistant Director for Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University. She holds a M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she is currently pursuing a M.A. in History at Drew University.

Beverly Wise (art history, 1995) completed a master's program in Decorative Arts at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Lauren Wolf (art history, 2006) is a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security

Jess Wolfley (art history, 2003) served as Public Relations Manager for Visions and Avalon Theaters in Washington DC. She is currently Interactive Project Manager at Discovery Channel Communications.

Many of these alums are happy to chat with current students about careers and the world out there-contact the Career Development Center for a list of former art and art history majors who have signed up as career mentors!

Are you an alumnus or alumna? E-mail us to tell us what you're doing or update your info!