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


Carolyn Staiger, Art History SMP, 2002                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Famous Images on Pop Culture Items

Mote cubes

Abstract: The process by which imagery becomes incorporated into the public's general consciousness is a phenomenon that intrigues me as an art historian. Images become so much a part of daily life that they are incorporated into objects that are used in daily life. Images that were once revered for their unique qualities of design and innovation are replicated onto everything from the typical poster print to a night-light. The question is whether or not the images loose something in the transition. This process, which I have analyzed both anthropologically and art historically, creates images where the original is no longer of consequence. Not to say that the original does not retain some dignity in the world of museums and originals, however, it is to say that the original is no longer necessary for people to understand and recognize the image. The appropriation of images has become commonplace in the world and the commoditization of images from the art world into popular culture is no longer a rare occurrence. In order for images to become a part of the general social conscience, they must go through the process of becoming more than just paintings on the wall; the images have to incorporate themselves into popular culture.