Elaine Mayes, professor emerita, taught at Hampshire College from 1971 to 1981. Mayes has had a 40-plus year career in the arts of photography and film as a cultural documentarian. Her well known works include early rock-n-roll performers (Hendrix, Joplin) and audiences from the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 through the Punk New Wave and No Wave Ska music scenes. Her Haight Ashbury Summer of Love portraits from the late 1960s are a cultural document of a major moment in U.S. history.
The Tashmoo Lecture Series (formally the Calico Lecture Series) brings filmmakers, photographers, multimedia artists, critics, and historians to Hampshire College. Lectures and workshops led by successful artists and cultural historians expose students to a wide range of styles and techniques as well as contemporary debates in the visual arts.