Faculty Profile

Lisa Dorrill

Adjunct Faculty in Art and Art History

Contact Information


Weiss Center for the Arts Room 224


  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1988
  • M.A., Northwestern University, 1989
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1998

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ARTH 217 Modern & Contemp Architecture
This course examines the character and development of Modern and Contemporary architecture, with emphasis on the following stylistic periods: Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, International Style, Post-Modernism, and Deconstruction. Major architects to be studied include Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Mies, Johnson, Venturi, Gehry, Koolhaas, Gang, and Hadid. Students will also examine 20th and 21st-century urban planning. Through discussions, lectures, and extensive readings primary and secondary sources, students will become familiar with notable architectural styles of the 20th and early 21st centuries; understand the contemporary issues shaping the development of such styles, including politics, social movements, religion, philosophy, and developments in technology; gain the ability to discuss and write about architecture; and establish a critical framework and approach for analyzing architectural history. A field trip to Fallingwater in Western PA will also enhance their understanding of architectural design, construction, and legacy.

ARTH 314 Contemporary Art
A survey of major artists and movements from post-World War II to the present, beginning with Pop art through Postmodernism and global art today. The course will also incorporate key critical and theoretical writings from the period for discussion. Prerequisite: 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.

Spring 2017

ARTH 102 Introduction History of Art
This course surveys art of the European renaissance through the contemporary period. Art will be examined within the historical context in which it was produced, with attention to contemporary social, political, religious, and intellectual movements. Students will examine the meaning and function of art within the different historical periods. In addition, students will learn to analyze and identify different artistic styles.

ARTH 215 17th C Dutch & Flemish Art
This course examines Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish art with particular emphasis on paintings, drawings, and prints. Artists including, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Haals, Cuyp, and van Goyen, among others will be studied within the cultural, intellectual, and political contexts in which they worked and within which their art was understood. Particular issues pertaining to religious conflict, environmental transformations, and economic conditions (e.g., patronage and the rise of a capitalist market) will also be studied as integral to the making and viewing of art during this period. Readings will be drawn from diverse scholarly interpretations in the art-historical literature as well as relevant primary sources. A trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. where students will deliver presentations on specific works of art in the permanent collection, is also an important part of the course. Prerequisite: ARTH 102 or permission of instructor.

ARTH 313 Modern Art
This course surveys key artistic movements and styles in a period of roughly one hundred years, beginning with Realism in the 1840s France and ending with Abstract Express-ionism in 1950s America. Much of the course focuses on painting, though discussions of architecture, design, sculpture and photography also play an important role. We begin with the question of what modernism is: When did it begin? What makes a work of art "modern"? How is modernism different from what preceded it? Students learn to recognize, understand and discuss the defining features of modernism in its major manifestations, while also developing an understanding of themes such as the role of African art in modernism, the changing dynamics between the fine arts and popular culture, the role of technology as an influence on art, and the place of particular critics, galleries, and museums in shaping the discourses of modernism. Individual research projects give students the chance to explore a specific artist, style or theme in depth, while a field trip to National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. provide an opportunity to see significant works of modern art firsthand. Assigned reading incorporate both secondary sources as well as artist's manifestos and aesthetic philosophies as primary source text. Prerequisite: 101 and 102 or permission of the instructor.