By Elora C. Pindell 08F
Sara Greenberger Rafferty, assistant professor of art, has an impressive resume: In addition to extensive and diverse teaching experience, from community college to elite art school, Professor Rafferty worked nearly eight years for large-scale sculptors Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
All this was accomplished while exhibiting her work in contemporary art settings throughout the country (sometimes beyond).
Professor Rafferty plans on taking full advantage of the academic freedom Hampshire offers: “I love that at Hampshire the students are number one,” she says.
“I’m looking forward to working with students on their own work. We have the ability at this moment in time to be expansive in terms of the studio art discipline. I have the ability to teach exactly what I’m interested in at Hampshire, and can provide the students with a guide for contextualized practice in what is relevant in contemporary art making. This kind of freedom doesn’t exist anywhere else at the undergrad level.”
Rafferty teaches thematic rather than technique-based courses, with the technique “assessed through the work.” In coming semesters, students can look forward to the course Adventures in Reproduction, which engages appropriation, copying, and quotation in art.
Her exhibitions have included such places as The Kitchen, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Rafferty says: “I think I’m a resource in the sense that there are a thousand different ways to be an artist and I offer one that is potentially really important to our students. I hope to bring a diversity, which I think is very important. I want to offer students something regarding a specific art dialogue.”