Lisa Gail Collins

Professor of Art on the Sarah Gibson Blanding Chair

Lisa Gail Collins is a professor in Art History, Africana Studies, and American Studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She received her BA in Art History from Dartmouth College and her PhD in American Studies—with graduate minors in Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora and Feminist Studies—from the University of Minnesota. A member of the Vassar faculty since 1998, she teaches interdisciplinary courses in American art, social, and cultural history with an emphasis on Black lives; critical American Studies; art, visual culture, and activism; movements for social justice; art and artmaking as social practice and community building; artists’ books; intimacy and quilts; and visual art and storytelling.

BA, Dartmouth College; PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
At Vassar since 1998

Contact

845-437-7029
Taylor Hall
Box 134

Research and Academic Interests

Interdisciplinary American art, social, and cultural history with an emphasis on Black lives
Art and artmaking as social practice and community building
Movements for social justice
Communities of creativity and care
Art, activism, and everyday life
Quilt studies
Studies of loss, grief, and mourning

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Lisa Gail Collins
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