Faculty Biographies

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin teaches photography and digital media and is the chair of Bellarmine’s Art Department. She earned her BA in Media Art from the University of Tennessee and her MFA in Photography from Yale University. She spent a number of years working in the film and television industry before teaching full time. Prior to her appointment at Bellarmine, she taught at Yale University and the University of Tennessee, created a photography major at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and served as Artist in Residence for a year at Lyon College. Sarah exhibits her photography and video art internationally.

Cristina Carbone

ARRISCristina Carbone is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the built environment of the United States in general and Kentucky specifically. She has just completed writing and editing several thematic essays and over 100 entries for Archipedia: Kentucky, published by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press. Her articles include, “Mass-Marketed Modernism: Edward Durell Stone’s Collier’s House of 1936,” in the journal ARRIS and a chapter on the United States Government’s deployment of architectural propaganda in the book Cold War Kitchen, from MIT Press. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Carbone was Curator of the Architectural Collections at the Library of Congress.

Fong Choo

Fong Choo is a Bellarmine Artist-in-Residence. His ceramic work is internationally known and is included in many of the nation's most prestigious collections. Choo participates annually in notable art exhibits and expositions, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Craft Show and the American Craft Exposition. He has recieved a wide range of awards, including eight straight Awards of Excellence at the St. Louis Art Fair, among many others. His work has been featured in many books and articles on ceramics, including a cover story for Ceramics Art and Perception. 

Caren Cunningham

Caren Cunningham is the Director of Bellarmine’s Arts Administration program. She is an international artist and educator. She has held 30 solo exhibitions on five continents, including shows in Lima, Peru; Helsinki Finland; Nairobi, Kenya; and Fuzhou China. She has participated in over 60 group exhibitions worldwide. Articles have been written about her work in English, German, Finnish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Spanish and Swahili. She has over 30 years of university teaching experience in Egypt, Kenya, Scotland, China, and the U.S.A.

Laura Hartford

Laura Hartford teaches photography and digital art and serves as an Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences. She has a background in both fine art and commercial media production, including credits as an Associate Producer of video programs for Donna Lawrence Productions. She holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington and is the recipient of grants for art and teaching from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Society for Photographic Education, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her work is included in both private and institutional collections including the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, the Kinsey Institute, the Preus Museum of Photography in Horten Norway, and the William Henry Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England where she served as an artist in residence.

Robert Lockhart

Professor Emeritus Robert Lockhart is the founder of the Bellarmine Art program and an internationally recognized sculptor. He continues to teach Social Justice courses for the University and has headed an annual service trip to Guatemala for over a decade. He exhibits internationally, and his work can be seen in institutional collections throughout the region, including the Louisville Zoo and the Church of the Epiphany. Bellarmine's campus is home to his bronze portraits of Robert Bellarmine, Thomas Merton, Angela Merici and the Bellarmine Knight, the largest bronze sculpture in Kentucky.