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.
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.
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.
Amanda’s work is concerned with how the effects of purposeful human actions, alongside uncontrollable factors of time and nature, alter both the current landscape and human agency within that landscape. “In my work, I use printmaking, book arts, installation and drawing to question the sustainability of our current decisions and actions within the cycles of development and destruction upon the landscape. As I create the work I question how the land we live on has become what it is today and consider my own impact upon the landscape. Ultimately, I call attention to the unique and irrational characteristics of locations, both the natural beauty and the absurdities that we create in the landscapes of our everyday.”
Jacob Rhoads is a painter whose recent work layers geometric patterns according to improvised rules, seeking to produce dense but ultimately legible compositions. For Jacob, the resulting images serve as metaphors for instances in which different systems meet – such as religious syncretism or attempts to reconcile divergent theories. He earned his M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from Grinnell College. Jacob has exhibited at Regina Rex, Sideshow Gallery, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA.
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.