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


Jennifer Lamar, Art History SMP, 2010                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

Assessing Advanced Placement Art History and Addressing the Challenges of Teacher Preparation

Abstract:The availability of resources, well-educated teachers, and college programs are all imperative if a student is going to have a successful experience when enrolled in an AP art history class in high school. By evaluating the current state of the AP art history program through resources provided by the AP organization I found they project a high ideal on the teachers. If teachers do not meet this ideal then many students will struggle when taking the AP exam. For those students who do achieve a positive experience from the class and attend college are met with limited art history programs. These constant challenges that both teachers and students have to face is what I have analyzed.

These constant challenges have created a great deal of pressure for teachers and students within the AP system. The high ideal proposed by the AP organization is even more demanding for  teachers who have little training and limited resources causing them to struggle in successfully teach their students. Students in turn strive to attain a vast amount of necessary information needed to score effectively on the AP exam. Therefore available resources and programs are paramount for a more effective class. Proposed solutions might include paying more attention to the concerns of the demands of the program. With more attention hopefully there will be more action in improving current obstacles that the AP program, teachers and students all may face.