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


Joanna Masterson, Art History SMP, 2005                Return to SMP Archive Index 
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Mountains are High and the Emperor is Far Away: Catholic Architecture in Yunnan Province

Catholic Church in Dali, Yunnan, China

Abstract:  Upon encountering a singular Catholic Church in the ethnically Bai city of Dali in Yunnan Province, China, I was struck by its combination of Western and Chinese architectural styles. This immediately raised questions for me about the process of cultural integration that occurs when a foreign religion adapts to native traditions.  In addition to this cultural dimension to the story of the structure, a political aspect was brought to my attention by the presence of a forbidden picture of Pope John Paul II.  Curious about both faces of the Dali church, I have set out to investigate the ways in which this building crosses the boundaries of East and West, legitimate and subversive. This paper generally introduces the government’s history of interaction with religion.  Distinguishing between native and foreign religions, I observe the conditions under which new, alien religions are tolerated by those in power, and when they are oppressed.  The full range of these interactions can be seen as I address issues focusing on Catholicism’s particular experiences under a variety of Chinese regimes.  Additionally, I consider the cultural method of introduction and cultural immersion being conducted by the Church beneath the watchful political level.  Using an architectural model describing Rome’s deliberate cultural permeation of Asia, I seek to connect these cultural and political phenomena to the church architecture itself and how the messages of that model address the Bai people of Dali and their autonomous politics.