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


Cara Millar, Art History SMP, 2002                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Rebecca Brown

Chairs in the Context of Museums and Private Homes Aesthetics vs. Function

18th cen. chair

Abstract: As a general rule of thumb an art historian considers a chair an art object. This principle limits the existential questions that can be asked surrounding any given item. Thus, review of a chair in an art museum will not yield a comprehensive or uninfluenced understanding. Limited perspective is chosen for the viewer. A part of material culture, created and utilized by people, antique chairs cannot be rightfully addressed in a museum restricted to aesthetics. This approach, although necessary to achieve further understanding in furniture design, is done at the expense of other information. An inclusive study of a chair’s cultural relationship to objects and people, while appreciating design styles, is possible in a private home. Intentional research, however, inevitably changes the purpose of a chair meant as a seat, not a focus of study. The public museum of a historic home compromises living space to make available past culture and history to a wider audience. In this "museum" the chair is displayed as one object amongst many, which then create a larger meaning for the room. The intrinsic value of a chair as a utilitarian item is sacrificed to provide the most suitable public space for education and research.