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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

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


ARTH 260ARTH260: Topics - Text and Photography: From Talbot to Sebald  - From the Critical to the Creative

This introductory course will investigate the intimate relation between photography and writing since the invention of the medium in the nineteenth century, and speculate about the possibilities for the future. Early photographers such as William Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins conceived of image and text in integrated, interdependent form; contemporary artists experiment with captions, image/text narratives, and photographic essays, and even create images of words. Our aim will be to take some very basic questions seriously: Do photographic images need to illustrate words? Do words have to explain images? Is a picture really worth a thousand words? How do our assumptions about both texts and images create the contexts for meaning, and how can new potentials for meaning be generated? Readings on photography by Charles Baudelaire, John Szarkowski, Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag, WG Sebald and others will frame course ideas.  Through in-class projects and take-home assignments, students will conduct research, lead discussions, write response papers, and discover their own writing voices by considering the photograph as a creative catalyst. Critical thinking, creative fiction, historical document, and poetry will be vehicles to discover, discuss, and conceive. No prerequisites.  This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Arts.