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Arts and Sciences: The Year in Books

April 11, 2017 | News Staff
The topics range from philosophy to fiction, plus music The wide range of research and scholarship pursued by faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences was on display at th...

Danielle Abrams

Professor of the Practice

Danielle Abrams has performed for over 20 years as personae that emerge from her interracial family, and from a lexicon of figures in art history and popular culture. Some of her past performances include Quadroon, in which she embodied her black Southern grandmother and New York Jewish bubbie. In Routine, Abrams cleansed Catskills entertainment of its racist legacy through performing a comedy routine while bathing in a tub of borscht.

Cheryl Alison

PT Lecturer

Cheryl Alison received her Ph.D. in English from Tufts University in 2014. She has taught at SMFA since 2008, designing writing and critical thinking courses around themes such as the representation of memory and the challenging appeal of horrific beauty. Alison also teaches ESOL composition courses at SMFA. She is currently working on a book project that combines attention to fine art, poetry, drama, and the novel. With chapters on Francis Bacon, Elizabeth Bishop, Samuel Beckett, and Ralph Ellison, the project studies forms of enclosure in transatlantic late modernism.

Michael Barsanti

Professor of the Practice

Born in 1955 in central Wisconsin, Michael did undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and went on to do graduate work at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, MN. After a year as studio manager in the ceramic department at the Art Institute of Chicago, Michael accepted a full-time faculty position at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in 1981 where he continues to teach. 

Susan Belton

PT Lecturer

Susan Belton, who teaches painting and professional practices, is a painter of the American landscape and student of its culture. Currently Belton is working on images of logo-emblazoned, take-out coffee cups and their non-drip plastic lids. She investigates these collections of cups as icons of corporate culture and talismans of contemporary rituals. Belton is a graduate of Colby College and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Laura Blacklow

PT Lecturer

Blacklow's work is based in photography but is altered through the application of pastels, text, and the creation of limited edition artist’s books and collages.  She is the author of "New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step-by-Step Manual for Alternative Techniques”, Taylor & Francis/Focal Press, fifth revised and expanded edition, 2018, a book of illustrated instructions on historical sun-printing procedures and unusual contemporary methods.

Judy Blotnick

PT Lecturer

Judy Blotnick lives in New York City where she has a studio in Soho. A graduate of Pratt Institute and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, she spent 20 years in the garment industry as a designer with her own label, Judith Luscher for Schrader Sport. Prior to that she was an assistant at Halston Enterprises. A recipient of the Traveling Scholars award in 2002, Blotnick was a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist in painting in 2004 and has been in several one-person and group shows around the country.

Silvia Bottinelli

FT Lecturer

Silvia Bottinelli received her PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2008.

Her current research explores the following topics:

Art and Domesticity in Post-Fascist Italy. In post- WWII Italy, reconstruction of residential areas, governmental support to nuclear families and increasing targeting of women as consumers and home makers affected a deep transformation of the home. The study explores how artists, designers and photographers interpreted and documented these changes in domestic cultures, considering gender and class issues.

Ria Brodell

PT Lecturer

Ria Brodell is an artist based in Boston whose current body of work addresses issues of gender, sexuality and identity. Brodell attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle ('02) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University ('06). Brodell was recently awarded an Artadia Award ('14), an MCC Fellowship in Drawing ('14), an SMFA Traveling Fellowship ('13), and an Artist's Resource trust Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in support of their current series, Butch Heroes ('12).