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


Emily Herman, Art History SMP, 2005                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Feng shui in the USA : the Appropriation of Feng shui from China to America

Feng shui Chart

Abstract:  Feng shui, the originally Chinese practice based on the premise the space a person lives and works in (both indoors and outdoors) effects wellbeing, now exists in America in varying degrees.  Prior to feng shui becoming widespread in America, Upper middle-class Western Europeans and Americans appropriated Japanese and Chinese art and architecture for its visual appeal under the Aesthetic Movement, but they were also inspired by how Asian cultures apparently lived with more reverence for nature. Following the post WWII industrial boom of the 1950’s-1960’s the yearning for naturalism re-emerged, as did a deeper questioning of the conventions of western hegemony. This allowed for acceptance of not just Asian aesthetics, but Asian philosophies—feng shui being one of them.  Many of my sources cite Lin Yun as the father of American feng shui, which is a mix of Chinese and Tibetan religious influences.  Lin Yun fortified the practice further with a scientific and technological perspective. Americans primarily understand feng shui as an Asian art of placement which has implications for interior design. Currently, feng shui appeals to the upper-middle class intellectual elite.  Feng shui corresponds not only to the values of this class, but design ideals already in place in America.  Ray and Charles Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright are two examples of highly acclaimed designers/architectural firms whose ideals appeal to the same ethos that feng shui does.  It is likely that reverence for nature and the natural order of space is what makes these architectural entities, and feng shui, appealing to Americans.