People

Working in collaboration with more than a dozen other faculty around campus, the following faculty and staff organize and implement the Arts and Technology initiative, overseeing new facilities and equipment, organizing events, training, and symposia, and advising on funding of student projects.

Directors

Thomas Ciufo

Assistant Professor of Music, Project Manager of Arts & Technology

Thomas Ciufo is a sound artist, composer, improviser, and music technologist working at the intersections of electronic music, electroacoustic performance, sonic art and emerging digital technologies. Additional research and teaching interests include audio recording and production, acoustic ecology, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and career development. As a faculty innovation hire in digital music and music entrepreneurship, Thomas is developing new courses and facilities to support student explorations in creative music technology. He is also a faculty affiliate in the Makerspace.  

Thomas Ciufo, Assistant Professor of Music

Co-directors

Ligia Bouton

Associate Professor of Art

Ligia Bouton was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent her childhood in London, England. Recent sculptural projects have been shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Guildhall Art Gallery in London. In 2016, Bouton’s work was featured in the exhibition, “Charlotte Great and Small,” celebrating the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire. Bouton is also the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital grant as a member of the creative team for "Inheritance: A Chamber Opera", which will premiere at UC San Diego in 2018.

Photo of Ligia Bouton

Michael T. Davis

Professor of Art History; Chair of Architectural Studies; on leave spring 2020

Michael Davis teaches courses on the art of the Middle Ages, the arts of Islam, and modern architecture. His research centers on French Gothic architecture including Notre-Dame, Paris and the cathedrals of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges. Recently, he has been reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Used in his seminars on Paris, these projects actively engage students in the evaluation of evidence, medieval design techniques, and the use of digital media.

Michael T. Davis Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Bernadine Mellis

Five College Senior Lecturer in Film and Video Production

Bernadine Mellis teaches video production with an emphasis on documentary and experimental narrative. Her own films span political/personal non-fiction and experimental fiction. Her documentary, The Forest for the Trees, follows environmentalist Judi Bari’s civil case against the FBI. Bernadine also directed The Odyssey, a collaborative, queer adaptation of Homer's epic. Bernadine is currently working on two projects: a story about children of the New Left, and a documentary about alternative burial practices.

Affiliated Faculty

Robin Blaetz

Emily Dickinson Professor of Film Studies; Chair of Film Studies

Robin Blaetz teaches Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Film Theory, and Experimental Film, as well as courses in various genres, including the Musical and Documentary. Her scholarly work centers on women and film; she has published an anthology called Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (Duke University Press, 2007) and Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture (Virginia University Press, 2001). Her current project explores the connections between the films of Joseph Cornell and his better known boxes.

Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room

Ng Tian Hui

Orchestra Director; Associate Professor of Music

The American Prize winning conductor Ng Tian Hui is the music director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the music director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra (USA). Ng has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA)

Professor Hui in a red shirts sits at his shiny black piano.