Sarah Maline

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Title Associate Professor Art History/Gallery Director
Telephone 207.778.7321

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!


  • 1995 PhD The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1987 MA The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1985 BA Lake Forest College