- B.A., Rosemont College
- M.A., Temple University
- Ph.D., Indiana University
Awards, recognition and honors
SCAD Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Development, Spring 2003; Earthwatch Grant, 1996
German Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), College Art Association (CAA), Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), American Whippet Club (AWC)
Lesa Mason, Ph.D., explores in her teaching and current research the interconnections between past sacred/secular art and architectural spaces and the contemporary realm. For years she pursued interdisciplinary research in Europe. She directed research for the American team of artists, historians and preservationists who worked to document the site of Sankt Kolumba in Cologne, Germany. While her specialization for her doctoral work was in the German Renaissance, she has also pursued more contemporary studies including the life of Joseph Beuys. She is engaged deeply with the study of artist's material and techniques as a result of her studio background and her dissertation that was an art historical and scientific analysis. She collaborates with artists on campus to bring art history alive in the recreation of Renaissance studio practices and to dialogue with how new practices are must engage with the past. Lesa has a passion for the history of the canine in art and the hunt.
Publications and presentations
- "The Drowned and the Saved, Transmitting the Spirit of Place," (paper presented at the 7th Savannah Architectural History Symposium, The Spirituality of Place, The Savannah College of art and Design, Savannah, GA, February 18, 2010).
- "Art in Sacred Space," (lecture, St. John's the Apostle Episcopalian Church, Savannah, GA, December 5, 2010).
- "At St. Kolumba: The Drowned and the Saved, Transmitting the Spirit of Place Interpretation / Meaning" (paper presented at the16th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS, Québec, Canada, September 30, 2008).
- "Materials and Techniques of the English Tudor Court," (lecture, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah GA, Spring, 2006)
- Exhibition catalog, "Pour l'Amour des Chiens," SCAD, 2003.
- "Relics" and "Litugical Vestments," Medieval Germany: An Encyclopedia, New York: Garland Pub., 2001.
- "How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare," Joseph Beuys Symposium. School of Art, East Carolina University, June 1995.
- "Deepening Concerns and New Impulses,Exhibition catalog. SCAD, Savannah, GA, 1992.
- "A Sacred Site: Sankt Kolumba," National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. Exhibit A Gallery, SCAD, Savannah, GA, 1998).
- "I Like America and America Likes Me: Action Art by Joseph Beuys," (lecture SCAD, Savannah, GA, 1996)
- "How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare,"(paper presented at Joseph Beuys Symposium, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, June, 1995).
- "Medieval Underdrawings in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum," (lecture, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany, June 1992).
- "Deepening Concerns and New Impulses," SCAD, (opening speech The Amerika Haus, Cologne Germany, Dec. 1992)."
- The "Impact of Technical Studies on the History of Art," (paper presented CAA Session, New York, February, 1992).