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Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Lee

Associate Professor of Art History (2006)

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on sabbatical 2022-23

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 225


Prof. Lee teaches courses in modern, contemporary and American art. Her research has appeared in publications including American Art, Archives of American Art Journal and The Journal of American Culture as well as the Routledge Companion to Art and Disability. Her book, The Medicine of Art: Disease and the Aesthetic Object in Gilded Age America (Bloomsbury, 2022), features an interrelated series of case studies focused on major Gilded Age artists—John Singer Sargent, Abbott Thayer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens—and one collector, Charles Lang Freer, to show how works of art were marked by disease and functioned in medicinal terms for artists and viewers in the late nineteenth century. Her current projects include an essay on Henri Matisse and therapeutic modernism as well as new research on Dr. Thomas Mütter as a collector of medical specimens.


  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1990
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 1993
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2002