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ICP Faculty and Instructors

2017 Core Faculty

Karen Koehler, professor of architectural and art history at Hampshire College, and visiting professor in the Five Colleges, is also a member of the Five College Architectural Studies Council. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design, with a special emphasis on connections between art, literature, critical theory, and socio-political history. Karen received her B.A. in English literature and M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, her M.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Princeton University.

Professor Koehler has published extensively on twentieth-century art and architecture, with a concentration on the role of exhibitions in the history of art. Her work questions the relationships of art and exile, translation and perception, and the interactions of architecture with other forms of cultural expression. She has most recently published catalog essays for the exhibitions "Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries" (Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 2015), "The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata" (Foundazione Prada, Venice, 2012) and "The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art 1910-1938" (Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2011) and was a contributing editor to the Mead Collection Handbook (Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 2011).

Professor Koehler's museum work began when she was a curatorial assistant at the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she contributed to shows on Barnett Newman, Martin Puryear, Chris Burden, and other American artists. More recently, Professor Koehler was faculty curator and sole author of the catalog for "Bauhaus Modern" at the Smith College Museum of Art (2008), an important exhibition that contributed new thinking on the complexity and diversity of Bauhaus art and history, while challenging assumptions about the mass production of modernist objects and images. She is currently at work on two books: a survey of the Bauhaus for Phaidon Press, and an intellectual history of the German architect Walter Gropius, including his exhibition designs in New York, Berlin, Weimar, London, and Paris.

Christoph Cox, professor of philosophy, received his B.A. in modern culture and media from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Cox teaches and writes on 19th- and 20th-century European philosophy and cultural theory.

He is the author of Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (University of California Press, 1999) and co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg Press, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004). Cox is editor-at-large for Cabinet, writes regularly for Artforum and The Wire, and has published philosophical essays in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Journal of Visual Culture, Organised Sound, International Studies in Philosophy, The Review of Metaphysics, and elsewhere.

Cox has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Kitchen, New Langton Arts, and G Fine Art Gallery. He has also written catalog essays for exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, the South London Gallery, Berlin's Akademie der Künste, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Oslo Kunstforening, and other venues.

He is currently at work on a monograph on sound art, experimental music, and metaphysics.

Alexis Salas is an art historian of global contemporary art. Salas conceived of her first book project while living in an artists' space in Mexico City; in it she analyzes artists' 'zines, experimental films, and contextual art installations in relation to changes in the metropolis' economic and political structure. Interested in disparities of access of global art, she pays particular attention to the use that artists make of them. About to complete her doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin, Salas holds an M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish-language literature from Amherst College. She also studied art practice in the M.F.A., after-school, and pre-college summer program at California Institute of the Arts. While an undergraduate, she took numerous courses in the Five College system. These courses continue to inspire her research and experimental pedagogies.

Since leaving the Five College area, Salas has traveled and worked throughout Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. Salas is a past recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship at Universidad Iberoamericana and UNAM and DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant, among others. She has presented and lectured at Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), University of California at San Diego, American Studies Association, Freie Universität Berlin, and CLAVIS, among others. Having taught in Mexico and the United States, Salas curates, consults, and authors texts for art institutions such as Moore College of Art & Design, Turner México, Harvard University Press, Fundación Coleción Jumex, The University of Texas at Austin, and National Gallery of Art. She is currently co-curating exhibitions of Latino and Latin American Art, such as the Getty-sponsored "Aesthetic Experiments and Social Agents: Renegade Art and Action in Mexico in the 1990s" which will open at the Armory Center in Pasadena, California in 2017.

Tricia Y. Paik is the Florence Finch Abbott Director at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She earned an A.B. in English and art history from Dartmouth College and a masters and PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. An experienced art world professional, Tricia has worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Christie's Education. Paik has curated more than 30 exhibitions and installations, including the new contemporary collection galleries unveiled as part of the Saint Louis Art Museum expansion in 2013. A leading scholar on the art of Ellsworth Kelly, Paik is the main author of a 2015 Phaidon Press survey of Kelly’s life and career, the first monograph published about the artist since 1971.

Ellen Alvord is the Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Her previous experiences in arts education include positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, and the Las Vegas Art Museum. Ms. Alvord holds a master’s degree in museum education from The College of William and Mary, and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. As curator of Education and Academic Programs, she collaborates with faculty from a wide range of academic departments to develop engaging, cross-disciplinary experiences for students with original works of art. She also organizes faculty seminars related to object-based learning and creativity as part of a museum initiative to develop transferable life skills in college students. Ms. Alvord has presented at academic museum conferences on her work collaborating with biological sciences faculty, MHCAM’s Creativity Initiative, and teaching and learning with art. Along with Linda Friedlaender of the Yale Center for British Art, she is co-author of “Visual Literacy and the Art of Scientific Inquiry: A Case Study for Institutional and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration,” which appeared in A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Education, published in 2012.

Jocelyn Edens is the Kress Curatorial Fellow at Hampshire College. Recent curatorial projects include "In each hand I keep each of my eyes," a series of encounters between Manuel Álvarez Bravo and contemporary video artists to reconfigure discourses on rural space, indigeneity, and heritage; "Codes for Conduct," an exhibition co-curated with Lindsey Berfond at NURTUREart that staged controlled and unrehearsed interactions between the body and digital tools, and "The Development," an exhibition and mobile app that propose an infrastructure for adaptive and local models of creative economies in New York’s Hudson Valley. She is currently researching Citizens United v FEC and the tools, structures, and actions available to the cultural sphere because of this Supreme Court decision. From 2010-2012, she was the curator of education at the Coleman Center for the Arts, a contemporary art organization in rural Alabama that commissions public projects in partnership with visiting artists and area residents. Jocelyn received her B.A. from Hampshire College and M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

William Kaizen is an independent scholar who holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. His most recent books are Against Immediacy: Video Art and Media Populism, a political history of early video art, and Adventure (for Adults), a memoir about the Atari 2600 video game Adventure. He edits publications for arts organizations, curates exhibitions for academic and non-profit galleries, and has taught art history and media studies at the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, Hampshire College and elsewhere.

Guest Lecturers

Rachel Beckwith graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts in art history. She then worked at Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Library in Washington, D.C. before receiving her M.A. in art history from Bryn Mawr College and her M.S. in library and information science from Drexel University. Rachel worked at Haverford College Library; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design before coming to the Hampshire College Library in 2007. Rachel is the access and arts librarian at Hampshire College, where she happily combines her interests in all things art-related and in connecting people with the resources, tools, information, and other people that they need!

Hannah Blunt is assistant curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She manages and develops exhibition projects and assists with research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum’s collection. She was previously Langlais Curator for Special Projects at the Colby College Museum of Art, where she curated a major retrospective exhibition of the artist Bernard Langlais. She has a background in American art and holds an M.A. from Boston University and a B.A. from Davidson College.

Eva Fierst is curator of education at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, creating educational programing and academic teaching opportunities at the museum. Together with the art history and studio art departments, she has generated a Curatorial Fellowship Program for graduate students and museum practica for undergraduate students. She holds a degree in art history from Smith College and has worked as a teaching assistant at the Summer Institute for Museum Studies at Smith College, the Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany, and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA. She is involved in community art projects such as the Art Salon, a forum for local artists, and the Amherst Art Walk.

Aprile Gallant is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art. She has been at SCMA since 2002, first as an associate curator, and was promoted to curator in 2005. She is responsible for the administration of the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and has organized exhibitions on topics ranging from artist’s books (Too Much Bliss: Twenty Years of Granary Books, 2006) to contemporary photography (Dislocation/Negotiating Identity, 2016). She received her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, and an M.A. from Oberlin College.

Amy Halliday is director of the Hampshire Gallery, working at the intersection of curation, education, arts administration and management. Dedicated to interdisciplinary engagement, she works collaboratively with faculty and students, particularly as students conceptualize, produce, and install their thesis exhibitions. Previously, Amy managed public programs at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the country’s oldest public art museum, and was interim curator of academic programs at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Amy holds an M.A. in Art History from University College London (UCL) and an M.A. in teaching from Smith College. Her research interests include global contemporary art (specializing in sub-Saharan Africa), art and social justice, and the theory and practice of art museum education.

Jennifer Gunter King is the director of the library at Hampshire College. She serves as chair of the Five College Librarians Council and chair of the Library Learning Commons Ad Hoc Steering Committee. Prior to joining Hampshire, King was director of archives and special collections at Mount Holyoke College (2004-2012), where she initiated programs including an online digital archive, electronic records archiving, campus-wide exhibitions, and programming. King has held positions in special collections at Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. She earned her B.A. in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and her M.A. in history and M.L.S. (archives concentration) from the University of Maryland. King's interests include digital curation, 21st century library design, curatorial practices, and advancing the accessibility of archival resources.

Sara Smith is the arts and humanities librarian at Amherst College and editor of KINEBAGO, a publication devoted to New England dance and movement-based performance. She is a 2015 creative research fellow at The American Antiquarian Society. Sara has received support for her interdisciplinary work from The LEF Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Maine Arts Commission, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council, and residency fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, an M.F.A. in dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and an M.LIS. from Simmons College. 

Kendra Weisbin is assistant curator of education at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She facilitates the use of the museum and its collections by faculty and students, as well as K-12 educators, and acts as the coordinator of the museum’s Student Guide Program. Kendra’s background is in Islamic art, and she holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Assistant Curator of Education

Kendra facilitates the use of the Museum and its collections by faculty and students, as well as K-12 educators, and acts as the coordinator of the Museum’s Student Guide Program. Kendra’s background is in Islamic art, and she holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

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Loretta Yarlow is the director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Art Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an Ed.M from Harvard University. A specialist in contemporary art and museum studies, she was initially drawn to these fields through her studies with William S. Rubin, former director of the Museum of Modern Art's department of painting and sculpture, and internships held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; and at the The Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. She held positions as director of exhibitions at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn and NY; the director/curator of the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada;, and served as guest curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and at the Vienna Kunsthalle. She was commissioner of the Canadian Pavilion at the 1997 Venice Biennale, where she organized the world premiere of Rodney Graham’s landmark video installation Vexation Island. She premiered the first solo exhibitions in Canada of works by leading artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Richard Tuttle, Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Diana Thater, Tacita Dean, and Juan Munoz. The numerous exhibitions she has curated for the UMCA include "Du Bois in Our Time," "The Annunciation" by Eija Liisa Ahtila, "Kimsooja: Performance/Video," and "Postface" by Walid Raad.


To be announced in spring 2017

Past Faculty, Lecturers, and Staff

Angelina Altobellis, archivist

Martin Antonetti, director of Distinctive Collections at Northwestern University Libraries

Bradley Bailey, associate curator of Asian art, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elizabeth E. Barker, Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum, former director of the Mead Art Museum
, Amherst College

João Enxuto and Erica Love, artists

Amanda Gilvin, visiting assistant professor of art history, Skidmore College

Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of modern/contemporary dance and director of Scapegoat Garden

Gordon Hall, artist and founder of the Center for Experimental Lectures

Matt Krefting, writer and musician

Ned Lazaro, curator of textiles, Historic Deerfield

Aaron Miller, assistant curator of visual and material culture and NAGPRA coordinator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Jaime Pagana, researcher of art history

Eric Peterson, web designer, writer, and researcher of architecture and urban history

Laurel Ptak, executive director of Triangle Arts Association

Sara Greenberger Rafferty, assistant professor of art, Hampshire College

Anna Schrade, curator and lecturer in German, Amherst College

Alex Dika Seggerman, Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Islamic Art, Smith College

John R. Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College

Caroline J. White, Kenneth R. Feinberg Archivist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Neil Young, artist and curator

Tim Zimmerman, visiting assistant professor of cognition and education, Hampshire College

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