Karen M. Lucic, PhD

Professor Emerita of Art
Karen Lucic

Karen Lucic was a professor in the Department of Art  at Vassar College from 1986 to 2015. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Art at Yale University. At Vassar, she taught a survey of American painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape design and decorative arts; conference sections and lectures in survey of Western art; and interdisciplinary seminars in American art and culture. For the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, she organized and wrote the catalogue for an exhibition, “Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice.” With curatorial training students at Vassar and computer science majors at Duke University, she created a smartphone app for the exhibition and an interactive website: http://pages.vassar.edu/embodyingcompassion/. Her publications include: Charles Sheeler in Doylestown: American Modernism and the Pennsylvania Tradition (Allentown Art Museum, distributed by Washington University Press, 1997); Charles Sheeler and the Cult of the Machine (Cambridge: Harvard University Press; London: Reaktion Books, 1991); and [as Karen Davies,] At Home in Manhattan:  Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression (New Haven:  Yale University Art Gallery, 1983).