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.

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. 

Jaime Corum

Jaime Corum is an equine artist based in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.A. from Bellarmine University and her M.F.A. from the University of Kentucky. She is represented by the Brown Gallery in Louisville and New Editions Gallery in Lexingington. Jaime has been commissioned to paint the last three consecutive Horses of the Year - Curlin, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Her life-sized portrait of Zenyatta was unveiled at the Brown Gallery and moved to Churchill Downs for the 2011 Breeder’s Cup kick off party. In 2007 her limited edition portraits of Kentucky Derby winners Secretariat and Barbaro were sold to raise funds for the fight against laminitis, the painful hoof disease that ended both their lives. In 2009 she completed a commissioned life sized bronze statue of a German Shepard for the K-9 Memorial honoring all K-9’s killed in the line of duty in Kentucky. The memorial is located in the Pineville courthouse square.

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 the Associate Producer of video programs at the Gettysburg Museum. 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, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her work is exhibited nationally and included in both private and institutional collections including the University of Louisville fine print collection and the Kinsey Institute photography archive, as well as the collects of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the William Henry Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England where she has served as an artist in residence.

Bruce Linn

Bruce Linn received a BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While recognized for his painting, Linn is an experienced curator and has explored multiple disciplines and media. As a singer, lyricist, and musician, Linn was the front man for a number of bands, including “Folks On Fire” (Louisville, 1980s) and “Adult Entertainment” (Chicago, 1990s). In 2013, he began to write and self produce web-videos that combine his visual imagery with sound and both poetic and satiric narratives. He is the recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council and has completed extended artist’s residencies in Los Angeles and Prague. “I was drawn to art by the desire to participate in something epic and intimate,” Bruce Linn says. “So, my subjects are steeped, both, in my admiration for folklore and with the winks-and-nods of burlesque.”

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.

Jennifer Laura Palmer

Jennifer Laura Palmer received her B.A. in Art and Political Science from Cedar Crest College and her M.F.A. degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her artwork has been featured in the publications Studio Visit Magazine and New American Paintings. She was selected to for inclusion in the viewing program at the Drawing Center in New York City, and her work has been exhibited nationally.

Professor Palmer’s artwork is influenced by location, and she is motivated to paint by expressing the events she experiences in her daily life, showing the whimsy and wonderment of what surrounds her, through the use of layers and multiple mediums. Currently, she is residing in the Kentucky countryside with her horses and taking daily photographs of her adventures. When she is not on the farm she is teaching art classes and is an art editor at Dialogist.