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Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Lee

Associate Professor of Art History (2006)

Contact Information

Weiss Center for the Arts Room 225


Professor Lee teaches courses in modern, contemporary and American art as well as art theory, art historical methods, gender and sexuality in art and the visual culture of medicine. Her research has been published in American Art, Archives of American Art Journal and The Journal of American Culture, among other publications. Her forthcoming book, "The Medicine of Art: Disease and the Aesthetic Object in Gilded-Age America," on the links between artistic production, health and illness, will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2021.


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

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 204 American Art
This course begins with North American imagery prior to European contact and extends through modernism in the mid-twentieth century. Within this chronological sweep, we address a variety of issues relevant to the development of American art, including the birth of consumer culture, the rise of nationalism, the impact of urbanization and the effects of transnational exchange. We look at a range of media - especially painting, sculpture, prints and photography - across genres such as portraiture, landscape and still life. Students can expect to leave the course with a more complex understanding of American identity and cultural politics, while also developing crucial skills in critical reading, writing and visual analysis. Prerequisite: 101 or 102, AMST majors, or permission of the instructor.

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.