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


CoLab Residency: Time + Space 2 Collaborate

For these experimental and interdisciplinary residencies, St. Mary's College of Maryland faculty in any department or discipline can invite their research/collaborative partner to work on a project already underway or invite someone with whom they would like to collaborate in the future for an exploratory residency. Accommodation for the collaborative partner is provided in The Artist House for a 1-2 week residency.

Note: Additional information will appear here as new residencies are scheduled.  If you are a SMCM faculty member and are interested in scheduling a CoLab Residency, contact Sue Johnson (srjohnson@smcm.edu)


CoLab Residencies 2012-2013


Sept 10-17, 2012

Visiting Collaborative Fellow: Ellie Baker, interdisciplinary

SMCM faculty collaborator/sponsor: Susan Goldstine, Department of Mathematics


Ellie Baker and Susan Goldstine are writing a book on applying mathematical principles to the design of bead crochet bracelets.  Crafting Conundrums: Puzzles and Patterns for the Bead Crochet Artist will include the mathematical theory behind a new approach to bead crochet design and a large selection of patterns illustrating the theory.  The Artist House residency gives the authors an opportunity to revise the book chapters and review which bead crochet patterns to include.  Some of the material in Crafting Conundrums expands on Goldstine and Baker’s prior publications, “Building a better bracelet: wallpaper patterns in bead crochet” in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts, and “Bead Crochet Bracelets: What Would Escher Do?” in the 2012 Conference Proceedings of Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Architecture, Art, Culture.


Ellie Baker holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University. She has worked as a high school fine arts teacher, a software engineer, and a computer science researcher. Her employment history includes stints at Bolt, Beranek and Newman, a major contributor to the development of the Internet, and at Thinking Machines Corporation, an early pioneer in massively parallel computing. Baker’s research interests typically lean toward the visual. Most recently she has become passionate about mathematical connections in pattern design for the craft of bead crochet and is working on a book on this topic with mathematics professor Susan Goldstine. Baker’s prior work included studying facial image database search strategies and development of the “Drawing Evolver,” an interactive simulated evolution system (mentioned in Stuart Mealing’s book “Computers and Art”) for creating drawings of faces and other subjects.  Baker’s collaboration with Susan Goldstine and Sophie Sommer has produced artwork exhibited in the juried shows of mathematical art at the national Joint Mathematics Meetings (2010 and 2012) and at the upcoming Bridges 2012 international mathematics and art interdisciplinary conference. Baker currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. For more info about Ellie Baker  http://www.ellie-baker.com


Susan Goldstine received her A.B. in Mathematics and French from Amherst College in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1998.  She joined the faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2004, where she is currently Associate Professor of Mathematics. While her original research specialty is number theory and algebraic dynamics, Professor Goldstine has become increasingly focused on the intersection of mathematics and the arts.  She has constructed numerous tactile and visual mathematical models employing such diverse media as yarn, fabric, thread, beads, paper, steel wire, copper tubes, pinecones, and pottery, though not all at once.  Her own artwork, as well as joint artwork with Alison Frane, Ellie Baker, and Sophie Sommer, has been presented in papers in Math Horizons and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and displayed in the juried art exhibition at the national Joint Mathematics Meetings.  Professor Goldstine is also an avid cook, and while she usually pursues non-mathematical cookery, she hopes one day to reproduce the interlocking Escher swan cookies she made for a lark as an undergraduate.  In the SMCM Mathematics and Computer science department, she strives to maintain her reputation for having the office with the most toys.  For more info about Professor Goldstine, see her faculty page.


Oct 22-28, 2012

Visiting Collaborative Fellow:  Peter J. Ramos, poet. Associate Professor, English Department, Buffalo State College

SMCM faculty collaborator/sponsor:  Sue Johnson, Department of Art & Art History

Peter and Sue first met when they were fellows at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2009. They soon realized that their artistic/aesthetic interests overlapped and complemented each other. Their plans for collaboration will address the theme of Future Shock: Unsettling Aesthetics from the Atomic Age. What does it mean to revisit an anachronistic New Frontier whose promises were all but completely unfulfilled? Their collaborative work intends to explore the impact of unrealized and/or unrealistic past and present American socio-political-economic aspirations on contemporary artistic and poetic trends. How do the atomic age, the middle class postwar boom, the space race, and popular consumerism all continue to affect the visual and linguistic landscape of the United States?  Their work also explores the productive failures of these movements—especially where they were most optimistic and therefore currently in greatest decline. Their work therefore focuses on what might also be termed the postwar suburban American Gothic—how bygone paradigms of futurity continue to impact contemporary American culture. 


Peter Ramos’ poems have appeared or will appear in the following journals: Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse, Fugue, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, The Chattahoochee Review, Mississippi Review (online), Slipstream, Meridian, elimae and others.  Nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, Peter is the author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost (BlazeVox Books, 2008), and two chapbooks: Watching Late-Night Hitchcock & Other Poems (handwritten press 2004), and Short Waves (White Eagle Coffee Store Press 2003). He has written critical articles on such writers as Kate Chopin (in College Literature), William Faulkner and Toni Morrison (in The Faulkner Journal), Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes (in The CEA Critic), James Wright and César Vallejo (in Mandorla), and contemporary and modern Latin American poetry (in Pleiades and Poetry Daily).  In the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2012, Peter was invited to the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (VCCA) as a fellow resident.  In 2007, Peter received the Saltonstall Fellowship for the Arts Award and was invited to the colony (in Ithaca, NY) as the poet in residence for a month.  His reading venues include the University of Texas (El Paso), Goucher College, Springfield College, the Palabara Pura Series (Chicago), Fall for the Book Festival (Fairfax, VA), the 2008 North Eastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA) conference reception, as well as various off-site readings at the 2008, 2009, and 2012 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conferences in New York and Chicago.  Peter holds graduate degrees from George Mason University and the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Reviews of his work can be found at the following sites:



An associate professor of English at Buffalo State College, Peter teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature as well creative writing.


Sue Johnson is a professor of art in the Department of Art & Art at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she teaches courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts, and courses that link art with science and environmental studies, and museum studies. She earned a BFA in Studio Arts from Syracuse University and an MFA in Painting from Columbia University. Johnson’s creative work is grounded in the genre of still life and vanitas, and explores the history of collections and more broadly the intersection of art, science and popular culture. Since 1995, she has created work under the rubric of The Alternate Encyclopedia and often works collaboratively with museums, libraries and collections to develop site-specific exhibition projects. Johnson’s work has been the subject of over thirty one-person exhibitions at venues including the Tweed Museum of Art, Jan Cicero Gallery, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Pitt Rivers Museum, Midwest Museum of American Art, Swarthmore College, Anderson Gallery/VCU, The Rosenbach Museum and Library, and University of Richmond Museums. Grants include awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NEA/Mid Atlantic Foundation Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and four Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Residency fellowships include the Arts/Industry Program/John Michael Kohler Art Center, Mac Dowell Colony, Millay Colony, Art Omi International Artist Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, City of Salzburg/Salzburg Kunstlerhaus Residency, Jentel Foundation, CAMAC/Centre D'Art Marnay Art Centre, American Philosophical Society Research Fellowship, and American Antiquarian Society Research Fellowship. In 2010-11 Johnson served as Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England, and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. Artist website: http://www.suejohnson1.com

November 7- 21, 2012

Visiting Collaborative Fellow: Rachel Kranz, writer

SMCM faculty collaborator/sponsor: Robin Bates, writer

Rachel Kranz will be completing her second novel about a contemporary man’s search for the source of his family wealth in the antebellum south. (Her first novel, Leaps of Faith, was published by Farrar Straus.) Robin Bates will begin work on a book about Jane Austen. The collaboration between Robin and Rachel has been going on for 30 years. Rachel has played a key role in all of Robin’s major articles and in Robin’s recently released book How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero’s Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage. Rachel is a gifted editor and writing coach who is skilled at helping people hone and develop their ideas. For his part, Robin has served as a reader and sounding board for Rachel’s novels.

Rachel Kranz

Rachel Kranz is a novelist, playwright, journalist, and free-lance writer whose work includes the novel Leaps of Faith (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2000), a comic epic about love, art, politics, and race in New York City; and the play Playing Alexina, based on the true story of a racial identity trial in antebellum Louisiana.  She is currently working on Entanglement, a novel in which a white psychic living in contemporary New York has visions of slavery and has to figure out what that has to do with him.


Robin Bates is a Professor of English who has taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland since 1981. He has twice travelled to Slovenia on Fulbright scholarships and has published numerous articles on film. He posts a daily article on his blog Better Living through Beowulf: How Great Literature Can Change Your Life, and he is author of a recent book How Beowulf Can Save America: An Epic Hero’s Guide to Defeating the Politics of Rage.

November 26 – December 3, 2012

Visiting Collaborative Fellow:  Bryan Berger, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University

SMCM faculty collaborator/sponsor:  Craig Streu, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Bryan Berger and Craig Streu collaborate to investigate the role of a family of unique proteins in bacterial pathogenesis.  Most recently, their work has begun to elucidate the role of these proteins in membrane binding in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is of particular interest given its propensity to form chronic opportunistic infections that are difficult to treat due to the formation of biofilms.  The Artist House residency makes possible the co-authoring of a publication on this work for which data has been generated over the past two years.  These findings hold substantial promise for a more broad understanding of the mechanisms underlying some types of bacterial pathogenesis.  For example, Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum), a prominent Gram-negative pathogen commonly found in dental plaque and the mucosa of the human gut is often associated with oral disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and cancer. Studies of the protein content in strains of this bacterium from patients with colorectal cancer show massive increases in the expression of these unique proteins.  The Artist House residency will also facilitate generation of a new NSF or NIH proposal to further investigate the link between the proteins of interest in F. nucleatum and cancer. 


BergerBryan Berger is an assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering and a core member of the bioengineering program at Lehigh University. He earned his B.Sc. in chemical engineering with high distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, and spent the 1997-98 academic year as a DAAD academic exchange scholar at the Technical University of Garching, where he worked with Prof. Dr. M.E. Michel-Beyerle in the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. Bryan received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2005, where he worked in the laboratory of Abraham Lenhoff and Eric Kaler investigating mechanisms of surfactant-mediated protein crystallization. His work was chosen as a feature article in Protein Science, and was recognized by a Young Protein Scientist award at the Protein Society 2003 Annual Meeting. From 2006-2009, Bryan was an NIH post-doctoral fellow in the department of biochemistry & biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he worked in the laboratory of William DeGrado and Joel Bennett investigating mechanisms of transmembrane signal transduction. In 2010, Bryan joined the department of chemical engineering at Lehigh University as an assistant professor, and is a recipient of a 2012 NSF BRIGE award. His work focuses on membrane-protein interactions, with applications in investigating mechanisms of transmembrane signal transduction, host-pathogen interactions and development of membrane-based biomaterials. More information about the Berger lab: (www.lehigh.edu/berger), the department of chemical engineering: (www.che.lehigh.edu) and the program in bioengineering: (www.lehigh.edu/bioe).

Recent publications:

Su PS, Berger BW.  Identifying Key Juxtamembrane Interactions in Cell Membranes Using AraTM. JBC (2012) 287: 31515-31526. PMID: 22822084


Craig Streu received his B.A. in Chemistry from Albion College in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Following an NIH fellowship in hematology and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he joined the faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011, where he is currently Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.  Professor Streu’s research interests straddle chemistry and biology and his research frequently borrows from biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry to answer questions of biological importance.  His work has been featured in a variety of journals including a cover article in ChemBioChem and a publication in Biochemistry that was featured as an Editor’s Choice in Science. When not studying the sweet protein miraculin, the structure of RNA, developing transition metal catalyst systems for use in living cells, or drug candidates that target quinone reductase 2, he is investigating membrane-binding domains in microbes. Involvement of undergraduates in his scholarly work is a cornerstone of his research program and student coauthored publications are a top priority.  Although a biochemist, Professor Streu has been known to dabble in photography.  He is best known for his photography with a temperature-controlled confocal fluorescence microscope. Check out his research at:

Recent publications:

Sasmal, P. K., Carregal-Romero, S., Han, A. A.**, Streu, C. N., Lin, Z., Namikawa, K., Elliott, S. L., Köster, R. W., Parak, W. J., Meggers, E.  “Catalytic Azide Reduction in Biological Environments,” ChemBioChem, 2012, 13 (8), 1116-1120.

**SMCM student coauthor



Jan 14 – 20, 2013

Visiting Collaborative Fellow:  Ruth Lozner, artist and Associate Professor of Design, University of Maryland, College Park

SMCM Faculty collaborator/sponsor: Michael S. Glaser, SMCM Emeritus Faculty, Department of English

Poetic Aesthetic

What began as an invitation from the University of Maryland’s College Park Art Gallery to create a show of collaborative works between strangers who were artists and poets, led, among other things, to a highly energized meeting of artist Ruth Lozner and poet Michael Glaser, whose work resonated with each other in inspiring and creative ways. Michael and Ruth describe their residency plans by saying, “It is to continue this energy and momentum that we will use the one-week artist-in-residency for Ruth Lozner at the Artist House. Working together, we will continue to explore the notion of collaboration as a fusion of the arts in which we work together to create a single whole rather than as, say, a reflection, commentary or extension of each other’s work. We are interested in exploring what can be produced with the resonating energy between us as artists when there are no parameters or rules to constrict the results.  What questions result in an artistic partnership when one artist communicates in words and the other in images? What creative works might be produced? What answers and further questions might result? We are anxious and excited to explore these and other possibilities together, and grateful for the opportunity that the CoLab Residency will allow.”


Ruth Lozner is currently an Associate Professor of Design at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, she held faculty positions at the Parsons School of Design and the University of the Arts, where she was Chair of the Illustration Department. She is currently teaching “Design Literacy: Decoding our Visual Culture” (College of Arts and Humanities), Advanced Graphic Design: Publications and Promotion” (College of Arts and Humanities) and “Design and the Creative Process” (Honors College). She maintains an active professional art and design practice.  Her narrative assemblages and paintings have been exhibited in local and national galleries. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic Magazine. Throughout her career, Ruth Lozner has lectured extensively at various venues including the College Art Association Conferences, American Institute of Graphic Artists' Design Educators Conference, University and College Designers Association Conferences, Maryland Art Education Association Conference, UMD Innovation in Teaching Conferences on the importance of design thinking and innovation. She is co-chair of the UMD Academy of Excellence of Teaching and Learning, an organization that encourages and supports innovative pedagogical practices. .  She has served on the National Board of the Graphic Artists Guild and is an active member of AIGA and National Art Education Association.  Currently, she serves on the Education Committee for the Smithsonian National Design Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt, NYC.  For more info about Ruth Lozner: www.art.umd.edu/faculty/rlozner/


Michael S. Glaser is a Professor Emeritus at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as both a professor and an administrator for nearly 40 years.   He is a recipient of the Homer Dodge Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Columbia Merit Award from the Poetry Committee of the Greater Washington, D.C. area for his service to poetry, and Loyola College’s Andrew White Medal for his dedication to the intellectual and scholarly life, and for his commitment to sustaining the poetic tradition in the State of Maryland.  Glaser served as a Maryland State Arts Council poet-in-the-schools for over 25 years, has been active with the Maryland Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau, and was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Humanities Council.  He served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from August 2004 - 2009.  Glaser has edited three anthologies: The Cooke Book (1989), Weavings2000: The Maryland Millennial Anthology and Come Celebrate with Me, a memorial tribute to Lucille Clifton (2011).  He has published seven collections of his own work, most recently Being a Father (2004), the chapbook, “Fire before the Hands” which won the Anabiosis Press, 2007 chapbook prize, “Remembering Eden” (2008) and “Disrupting Consensus” which won the 2008 Teacher’s Voice chapbook competition.  Glaser served as co-editor of the Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton (BOA, 2012) and writes poetry reviews for The Friends Journal. For more info about Michael S. Glaser: http://faculty.smcm.edu/msglaser/

March 1 – 8, 2013

Visiting Collaborative Fellow: Jamie Ratliff, art historian

SMCM faculty collaborator/sponsor: Cristin Cash, Department of Art and Art History, and Boyden Gallery Coordinator


Cristin Cash and Jamie Ratliff are developing an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary Mexican art and shifting definitions of “feminist art” in Latin America. To date, the literature on feminist art in Mexico focuses on a handful of artists working in the 1980s and early 1990s, predominantly addressing traditional feminine subjects of the body and domesticity. Their research focuses on female artists and feminist art historical discourse in Latin America from 1994 to the present. The exhibition will present artwork that addresses themes often characterized as "gender-neutral" in most exhibitions of contemporary Mexican art The intention is to investigate and reframe concepts such as urban space, post-nationalism/globalization, violence, etc. as feminist concerns for contemporary Mexican artists. The Artist House CoLab residency provides the opportunity to work together on exhibition concept development, object selection and content research.


Jamie Ratliff is a contemporary art historian whose research focuses specifically on the arts of Mexico and Latin America and gender studies. She recently completed her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Louisville, as well as graduate certificates in Women's and Gender Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Georgetown College (Georgetown, Ky.) and an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University in Boston.

Her dissertation proposed a theoretical framework for contextualizing contemporary women's art in Mexico within the monumental social, political, and economic changes that have characterized contemporary understandings of the nation since 1968. Her current research projects similarly analyze how contemporary feminist art critiques the legacy of conflating "womanhood" and "nationhood" that has plagued Mexican art and visual culture since the early modern period. She has previously taught art history courses at the University of Louisville, Indiana University Southeast, and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. She is currently teaching a graduate seminar on Women and Art/Visual Culture in Latin America at the University of Kentucky in addition to online classes for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

CashCristin Cash joined the Art and Art History faculty in 2005. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation that focused on the relationship between architectural style and changing perceptions of key spaces within the ancient Maya sacred landscape. Her current research focuses on the intersection of art and politics within visual representations of the built environments in Contemporary Latin American art. Dr. Cash teaches courses in the Art and Architecture of the Americas from ancient times to the present, World Architecture and Museum Studies.