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!
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.
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.