Faculty and Instructors

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.


Ellen Alvord is the Interim Director and 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.


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.


Aaron Miller is Assistant Curator of Visual and Material Culture and NAGPRA Coordinator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. He assists with research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum’s collection, with a focus on decorative arts, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of material and visual culture, including holdings in the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. He recently curated the exhibition “The Potter’s Tale: Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics” at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. Aaron holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.


Jocelyn Edens is the Kress Curatorial Fellow at Hampshire College. Recent curatorial projects include "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.


Guest Lecturers

Angelina Altobellis is the archivist and collections curator at Hampshire College. Prior to joining Hampshire, she was the digital archivist at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she established a web archiving program and developed workflows to preserve and provide long-term access to digital content. Angelina is a member of the consulting team for the Finca Vigía Foundation, working with the Museo Hemingway in Havana, Cuba on digital preservation and metadata for the museum's digital collections. She received her B.A. in art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her M.A. in comparative literature from the University of Texas-Austin, and her M.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

Martin Antonetti is the curator of rare books at the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College
. Before coming to Smith College he was librarian and director of the Grolier Club in New York City, the country’s premiere organization for bibliophiles. He also held curatorial and teaching positions at Mills College and the University of Oregon. Antonetti has written and lectured widely in the history of the book, including fine printing, letterforms, bookbinding, and book collecting. He has served in various capacities on the boards of Hand Papermaking, the Book Arts Press, and the American Printing History Association, the latter as president. He is also on the faculties of the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School and the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. A classicist by training, he received his M.L.S. from Columbia University in New York, where he specialized in rare books and special collections librarianship.

Aprile Gallant is curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art.

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 Greenberger Rafferty has exhibited widely since 2001, including solo exhibitions at The Kitchen, New York; MoMA PS1, New York. In 2014, she participated in the Whitney Biennial, screening a short video entitled Mono featuring the actor Susie Sokol; the Hammer Biennial as part of Public Fiction’s engagement with “tragedy plus time”; and had a solo exhibition at Fourteen30 Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon. In 2015 her work is included in museum exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Atlanta Center of Contemporary Art. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. From 2005-2007, she was the co-editor of North Drive Press, and she has curated exhibitions and screenings in a number of contexts.

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, 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. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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.

Tim Zimmerman is a visiting assistant professor of cognition and education Hampshire College. His research focuses on the learning and teaching of ocean and environmental science concepts in non-school spaces. In particular, he seeks to understand the nature of learning across formal and informal contexts. To achieve this, Dr. Zimmerman combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study learning as people move spatially and temporally across informal-formal learning context boundaries at museums, aquariums, outdoor, and other informal learning contexts. He has worked, volunteered, or conducted research at many different informal learning institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New York Aquarium, and the University of California Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science. He has also worked or volunteered for organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the National Geographic Society, and several parks and recreation systems. Prior to his arrival at Hampshire, he was an assistant professor of science education at Rutgers University. Dr. Zimmerman holds bachelor's and master's degrees in marine biology, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in science education.


Rhana Tabrizi is a recent graduate of Hampshire College, where she focused on the visual cultures of the United States and western Europe before and during the Second World War. She is interested in the ways art can be mobilized as a political tool and in the role cultural institutions play in facilitating the shift to prioritize new voices and narratives in the canon. Rhana participated in the Institute for Curatorial Practice as a student during the summer of 2015 and helped produce Hidden Truths: Disrupting Utopia, a digital exhibition that aimed to reveal the ambiguity between the utopic and dystopic. You can see fragments of her ICP notebook throughout the program website.  ;)


Past Faculty, Lecturers, and Staff

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

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

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

Anna Schrade, curator and lecturer in German, Amherst 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


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