Staff

Art Galleries
Sweet Briar College
P.O. Box 1115
Sweet Briar, VA 24595


Annie Labatt

Annie LabattDirector of Galleries and Museums
Associate Professor of Visual Arts: History and Image

P | 434-381-6350
E | alabatt@sbc.edu
O | Pannell Center | Lower Level, 04

B.A., History, Medieval/Renaissance Concentration | Barnard College, Columbia University
M. Phil., History of Art and Connoisseurship | Christie’s Education, University of Glasgow
M.A. | Yale University
M.Phil. | Yale University
Ph.D., Byzantine Art History | Yale University

Before joining the Sweet Briar faculty, Professor Labatt taught as an assistant professor of the history of art at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While a graduate student, she won a two-year Rome Prize at the American Academy of Rome and was also a fellow at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on two major Byzantine exhibitions, once as a research assistant and once as a Chester Dale Fellow. Labatt is publishing two books — “Emerging Iconographies of Medieval Rome” with Lexington Press and “Art History 101…Without the Exams,” a collection of the 20 public lectures she gave at the San Antonio Museum of Art, with Trinity University Press. She is also working on a third book project that studies the so-called Byzantine monuments of medieval Rome.


Shawn O’Connor

Shawn O'ConnorAssociate Director of Galleries and Museums
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Visual Arts: Studio Art

P | 434-381-6247
E | soconnor@sbc.edu
O | Art Barn

Professor O’Connor was born and raised in Minot, Maine, and completed his B.F.A. at the University of Southern Maine in 2005. After undergraduate studies, he went on to be a resident and staff member at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. O’Connor also completed a six-week residency at the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation on Westport Island, Maine. In May 2010, he received his M.F.A. in Ceramics from Syracuse University. The main focus of his research in graduate school revolved around wood firing. While at Syracuse, O’Connor designed and constructed a train-style wood kiln. He later went on to publish his first article about his kiln in the Log Book, an international journal devoted to wood firing. He completed a year as artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 2011. In 2012 he traveled to China as a visiting artist for West Virginia University. O’Connor also was a visiting artist and adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota. For the last two years, O’Connor taught a range of art courses at Hyde School in Bath, Maine. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

For more information, please visit Professor O’Connor’s website.