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.
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.
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.
Sean Greene is an abstract painter living and working in Florence, MA. Sean has received grants from The Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Northampton Arts Council, and in 2014 was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in painting. His work has been exhibited in galleries such as The Brian Morris Gallery in New York, Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, Satellite Contemporary in Las Vegas and William Baczek Fine Arts in Northampton among others. Recently, Sean was commissioned to do a large indoor mural in the Facebook offices of Cambridge, MA, and is looking forward to an exhibition at Land and Sea, an art space in Oakland, CA this Fall.
Nathan Margalit is a painter and printmaker. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, group shows, and museum and touring exhibitions. His work is in public and private collections in the U.S., South Africa, Canada, Australia and Germany. His teaching reflects his own art-making interests that include drawing, printmaking, painting and the creative process as it pertains to the visual arts. Margalit's appointment as coordinator of foundation drawing was a natural extension of his interest and enthusiasm for students to discover their own distinctive voice through their personal experience of the drawing process; this includes an awareness of the role that materials and media play in this process of self-discovery.
Toby Millman is a multidisciplinary visual artist who works with traditional and emergent forms of printmaking as well as collage, photography and book arts. Her recent work spans geographies from Detroit to Palestine, often combining text and image to broach social, political and humanitarian issues. Her recent major works include several artist books, produced both independently and in collaboration with other artists. These include Access & Closure: stories from in and out of an occupied Palestine, Facts on the Ground, From Here On Out, and Date Due: A Library Book from Detroit to Baghdad.
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.