Former Student: Sara Rutman
Indiana Jones may have been better at fighting bad guys than he was at being an archaeologist, but it was his archaeological skill, such as it was, that fascinated Sara Rutman as a young girl and inspired her to pursue a career in archaeology and history.
Rutman graduated from Hillyer College in 2007 and received her bachelor's from the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She graduated with a dual major in Judaic studies and ancient and near east history. While a student, she participated in study trips to Israel, Spain, Peru, and Mexico and sifted through a fair amount of soil searching for pottery shards and coins.
Rutman often used photography to capture the cultural and historical findings she observed on her trips. “I think of my pictures as less of an artistic statement and more of an effort to document or map the artifacts, excavations, and way of life I see around me,” she says.
She may think of her pictures as being more documentation than art, but the University’s Hartford Art School chose Rutman’s photographs for their artistic merit, along with the work of three other students, to be part of a photography exhibition called Sanctuaries: From Asia to the Americas. The exhibition was featured at the Art School’s Silpe Gallery. In the exhibit, Rutman’s vivid pictures of Mayan priests, native relics, and the lush green land of Machu Picchu provide evidence that she brings an artistic as well as historic and scientific perspective to the research she pursues as an archaeologist.