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


Keith Backhaus, Art History SMP, 2004                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

American Suburb: Systems and Situations of Power

Aerial View of Suburban Housing Tract, Levittown, PA , c. 1950’s

Abstract:  This work is a convergence of a variety of theoretical schemata upon a cohesive and familiar social and physical space, that of the American suburb.  The American suburb in its evocation alone, elicits thoughts of conformity/homogeneity, property/wealth, and family, but what is it about this space that brings these ideas to mind?  And are they truly applicable to the actual lived space?  Throughout the analysis that follows, the suburb is scrutinized on the terms of its landscape and architecture, of its physical and social manifestations of space.  The suburban space itself is a direct result of a way of seeing, a particular means of ordering the world that is quintessentially American, that of Manifest Destiny.  This means of seeing produces a schemata upon the space, to make it fit for living and society, it imposes order upon it.  This order, this imposition of power upon the landscape, is similar to the means by which individual control is enacted in Foucault’s Panoptic and plague town models.  The interaction of these two social means of ordering space and imposing power interrelate to create a lived environment that is wholly unique.  Finally, just as in any system that power is imposed upon those dwelling within it, the suburb creates pockets of resistance, both physical and social, to its power, and the hierarchy created as a result of this implementation of power.  The example of resistance used here is that of the suburban punk rock movement, particularly my own personal connection to the crust punk movement in Baltimore and Towson, Maryland.