Lisa Gail Collins

Professor of Art

Lisa Gail Collins, who joined the Vassar College faculty in 1998, teaches interdisciplinary courses in American art, social, and cultural history with an emphasis on African American lives; creativity and everyday life; feminist thought and activism; 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), 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, Rutgers Art Review, Chicago Art Journal, Exposure, Colors, and Transition. 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.