BA, Gonzaga University
MS, Pratt Institute
PhD, University of Washington (Seattle)
Dr. Lucienne Dorrance Auz is an assistant professor of art history at Memphis College of Art. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking from Gonzaga University in 2004 and her Master of Science in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute in 2006. In 2014, Lucienne completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Art History at the University of Washington. Her dissertation, "An International Firebrand: Germano Celant’s Role as a Radical Critic, Innovative Curator and Contemporary Art Historian," examines the life and career of the contemporary art historian and critic Germano Celant who is best known for coining the term “Arte Povera” in 1967 to describe an influential group of contemporary Italian avant-garde artists. Currently, Lucienne is working on a book project based on her course Disability in the Arts. This book examines how visual media propagate constructs of body image, mental health, and the identities of disability within the global art world in the last three centuries.
Lucienne offers undergraduate and graduate courses on global art produced since 1945, with a focus on installation art, performance art, and new media. Her primary research interests span the disciplines of contemporary art history and disability studies. This intersectional approach offers an alternative method for the critical study of visual representation and a deeper understanding of human experience. Other research and teaching interests include socially engaged art, art conservation and technical art history, and legal and ethical issues of the visual art world. In addition to teaching, publishing, and presenting her research at numerous conference panels and symposia, Lucienne is a Title IX Deputy Director and the Chair of the Campus Climate Committee at Memphis College of Art.
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