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


Caitlin Occhipinti, Art History SMP, 2010                Return to SMP archives
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Lucchesi

The Fight Within the Frame: A Comparative Analysis of American Conflict Photojournalism


Abstract:This paper examines the relationship between conflict photojournalism and American perceptions of war, specifically during the 1960's and early 2000's. Since the Civil War, Americans have developed a standard way of viewing documentary photographs, allowing images of war and conflict to carry significant weight in public opinion and understanding of war. This paper shows how a practice of viewing developed and then analyzes images from Vietnam War and the Iraq War to argue that photographs can have a powerful impact on political action. Finally, this paper argues that the government has consistently approach conflict photojournalism in a problematic way, which actually makes photographs more powerful.