Christine Nguyen. © 2010 J. Paul Getty Trust
- Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2008
- M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2002
- B.A. Reed College, 2000
Sarah Hamill teaches surveys of modern and contemporary art and focused courses on the history of photography; modern sculpture; minimalism and site-specificity; and the intersections between sculpture and photography. Students in her courses have published their writing online, from an exhibition catalogue for a 2012 Allen Memorial Art Museum exhibition, Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990, to a collaborative blog of notes and photographs from a 2012 class trip to Marfa, Texas. Her students have also curated and designed a digital exhibition highlighting a selection of artists’ books from the Clarence Ward Art Library, sponsored by a Five Colleges of Ohio Next Generation Library grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Hamill’s research explores the intersections between sculpture and photography. She is the author of an article on contemporary photography and sculpture, published in Camerawork in 2009; an essay on the photography of David Smith, published in David Smith Invents (Yale Press/The Phillips Collection, 2011); a monograph on the artist, David Smith: Works. Writings. Interviews (Ediciones Polígrafa, 2011); and an article on Smith’s color slide transparencies and the problem of polychrome sculpture (Getty Online Publications, 2011). She is completing a manuscript titled David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (under advanced contract with the University of California Press), the first book-length study of Smith’s photography. Hamill has presented her research at, among other venues, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum, Emory University, the University of Southern California, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2009-2010 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute.
With Megan R. Luke (USC), she is preparing a manuscript that considers the role of the photography of sculpture in the writing of art history, aesthetics, and media theory. Their book project, provisionally titled Sculpture and Photography: The Art Object in Reproduction, recently was awarded a two-year Collaborative Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Hamill and Luke are also co-organizing a series of scholarly events scheduled for 2014 at the Clark Art Institute and the Getty Research Institute that bring together leading international scholars dedicated to the historiography of art and architecture, the histories of photography and sculpture, and the mediation of material artifacts as images.
Hamill is on research leave for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will serve as ACLS fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto.