Artist, Joe Smith, lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts and teaches in the Dept of Studio Art at Mt. Holyoke College since 1996. Born and raised in rural southern Illinois, he graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Since 1982 His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Gimignano and Siena (Italy) as well as Schiedam (The Netherlands). His work is included in many private collections including The Edward Broida Trust, the Elaine Dannheisser Collection, and the Jean and Barbara Schwartz Collection. Primarily known as a sculptor he has been critically reviewed in the NYTimes, Art Forum, Art In America, The Chicago Tribune and Flash Art among other publications.
Rie Hachiyanagi is an installation and performance artist who frequently uses her handmade paper in her artwork. Handmade paper, she feels, is an apt medium for expressing the ephemerality of existence and exploring the communion between humans and nature. For one of her research projects she is collecting and documenting stories from aging Japanese papermakers before their knowledge disappears without being recorded. Hachiyanagi hopes to uncover a crucial female role in the history of papermaking, which has seldom been acknowledged in the traditional craft world.
Kane Stewart has taught film and photography at Hampshire College, Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His photographs are exhibited nationally and have received awards in juried exhibitions. Stewart's most recent photography reflects his interest in the inhabited landscape through a lyrical treatment of recreational life along a twenty-mile stretch of the Connecticut River.
Gina Siepel works in a wide range of media and materials, including sculpture, performance, drawing, woodworking, and video. Her work investigates cultural understandings of nature, gender, American history, and the construction of the self, frequently through the undertaking of collaborative experiments in public spaces. Recent exhibitions include the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Marlboro College, Colby Museum of Art, and Flux Factory, and grants include the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council.
Rose Ryan is the Academic Department Coordinator for Art Studio, Art History and Architectural Studies. She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, award applications, and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She has been on campus since 2002.