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Art and the Sciences

May 11, 2017 | News Staff
The Department of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology's Museum School retreat An interdisciplinary group of some 50 faculty and postdoctoral fellows recently attended the annual res...

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...

Advanced Production Lab

The Advanced Production Lab is a meeting place for experimental fabrication techniques–from 3D-scanning for virtual reality to laser engraving on sandwiches, we’re always up to something special here.

The APL utilizes digital technologies to support students in their creative practices. Studio Managers and Monitors are available to assist students with a range of projects involving fine art digital printing, 3D scanning and printing, laser cutting and engraving, and vinyl cutting.

Papermaking Studio

The Papermaking Studio supports traditional and experimental approaches to papermaking, and the use of pulp as a sculptural medium. It is fully equipped with Hollander beaters, hydraulic presses, moulds and deckles, drying presses, and a large vacuum table, allowing students to explore pulp and its application to a variety of mediums such as sculpture, painting, photography, bookmaking, and printmaking.

Sound Studio

The Sound Studio is a fully equipped space with professional sound production in mind. Students have access to technology and applications that allow them to explore sound design as it applies to their projects in settings such as installation, performance, music recording, soundtracks for the moving image, or podcasting.

Film and Video Studios

The Film and Video Studios provide support for digital and film-based moving image work. From Super 8 to 4K video to Virtual Reality, specialized labs allow students to explore current technologies in support of a broad range of practices. Film editing suites, state of the art digital editing stations, an advanced color grading suite, and professional lighting kits, digital and film cameras, projectors, and sound recording equipment are all accessible to students interested in exploring the moving image through narrative and experimental forms; as part of sculptural or performance-based practices; and in contexts such as theater projection, gallery installation, online, or expanded cinema.

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.