Faculty Bio

Lisa Gail Collins

Professor of Art

Lisa Gail Collins is a professor in Art History, Africana Studies, and American Studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She received her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. 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 African American lives; art and social change; creativity and everyday life; feminist thought and activism; and social and cultural movements in the United States.

Ms. Collins is author of The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past (Rutgers University Press, 2002), Art by African-American Artists: Selections from the 20th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003), and Arts, Artifacts, and African Americans: Context and Criticism (Michigan State University, 2007). She is coeditor, with Margo Natalie Crawford, of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and coauthor of African-American Artists, 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003).

Her articles appear in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, International Review of African American Art, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Rutgers Art Review, Chicago Art Journal, Exposure, Colors, and Transition: An International Review.

She has taught, upon invitation, at Barnard College, Bowdoin College, and Princeton University, and received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, College Art Association, and The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.