Maline, Sarah
Associate Professor Art History/Gallery Director
1995 PhD The University of Texas at Austin; 1987 MA The University of Texas at Austin; 1985 BA Lake Forest College
Areas of Expertise
Visual Arts: Contemporary Art, Film Theory, Japanese Art, World Film

Sarah fell in love with holography as a medium for art as an undergraduate at Lake Forest College.  At UT Austin she explored kabuki-inspired 18th-century Japanese courtesan prints for her MA thesis, then returned to holography for her doctoral dissertation.  Because there was a wonderful Japanese film series featuring Ozu and other Japanese greats at Hogg Auditorium across those years--starring Austin's local community of adorable Mexican Freetail bats flapping across the screen at critically interesting and emotionally charged moments--she became interested in the phenomenology of cinematic experience and other aspects of film theory, leading her back to the strange place of the viewer in different forms of holography and contemporary art.  Sarah wants her students to explore connections across disciplines and interests.  No bats required, though there are scholarly Little Brown bats on the 4th floor of Merrill happy to collaborate!

Mesce, William
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
2015 MFA Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University; 1993 MSC Communications, Montclair State University; 1977 BA Liberal Arts, University of South Carolina
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing:

A native New Jerseyan, Bill Mesce is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a produced screenwriter and playwright.  Recent works include THE RULES OF SCREENWRITING AND WHY YOU SHOULD BREAK THEM and NO RULE THAT ISN'T A DARE:  HOW WRITERS CONNECT WITH READERS, the novels LEGACY and Eric Hoffer Award category winner A COLD AND DISTANT PLACE, and the children's picture book A BIG HUG FOR LI'L FOX. He also spent 27 years in various capacities in the Corporate Communications area of pay-TV giant Home Box Office, and the last 7 years as an adjunct at a number of New Jersey universities and colleges.  

Olbert, Elizabeth
Part-Time Faculty
1992 PhD Painting/Critical Theory, New York University

Elizabeth Olbert has degrees in Painting and Critical Theory from Boston's Museum School and New York University. Following a successful career as a New York gallery artist, she is persuing investigations in critical writing. Olbert's critical perspective is Marxian, with an approach to visual language based in a contemporary understanding of the Frankfort School tradition. Olbert is currently collaborating on an artists' book project, funded by Penn State University, with Penn State printmaker Jean Sanders. This book, The Tendency of Nature, reexamines the ideas of 19th century anarchist and naturalist Pyotr Kropotkin in light of contemporary socioeconomic realities, and illustrates its observations with visual explorations of the social lives of horses.