Lisa Gail Collins

Professor of Art

Lisa Gail Collins, who joined the Vassar College faculty in 1998, teaches courses on African American visual art and material culture, interdisciplinary African American history, feminist thought, and social and cultural movements in the United States. She received her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Collins is author of The Art of History: African American Women Artists Engage the Past (Rutgers University Press, 2002) and Art by African-American Artists: Selections from the 20th Century (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003). She is coauthor of African-American Artists, 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003) and coeditor, with Margo Natalie Crawford, of New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers University Press, 2006). She served as associate editor for the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas (Macmillan Reference, 2006). Her state-of-the-field essay "Arts, Artifacts, and African Americans: Context and Criticism" is part of the The New York Public Library's Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience (ProQuest, 2006), and her articles appear in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, International Review of African American Art, Rutgers Art Review, Chicago Art Journal, and Exposure. She has taught at Barnard College, Bowdoin College, and Princeton University, and received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, College Art Association, and The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.