Lisa Young

  • B.A., Art History, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • M.Phil., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2003
  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2008

"The discussion of art and visual culture in the SCAD classroom generates layers of ideas and exchange. After working in the art world in Berlin and New York and gaining experience as a curator, a gallery director, and an art writer, I realized that working with my students, especially art and design students, allowed me to discuss ideas and art in the most exciting, experimental and constantly invigorating mode."

Lisa Young | Art history professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Short-list for 2002 Fullbright Fellowship; CUNY Mall Fellowship (1999-2000); CUNY Teaching Fellowship (Hunter College), 1999-2000


College Art Association, SECAC, ART Table, Society for Photographic Educators

Previous Positions

Martin-Gropius Museum and Zeitgeist Gesellschaft, Berlin; gallery co-director, Deitch Projects, New York; independent curator, New York; teaching assistant, Hunter College, CUNY, New York; gallery director, Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau College, SUNY; art history instructor, Nassau College, SUNY, 2000-2005; contributor to Art Review, Performing Arts Journal, Tema Celeste, Chigago Art Journal, among other publications

Publications and presentations

  • "Girls and Goods: Amerikanismus and the Tiller-Effect" in The International New Woman in Film and Photography, eds. Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco (University of Michigan Press, 2011).
  • SECAC, Richmond, 2010 (paper presented)
  • "Why Go Anywhere Else" (catalog essay), exhib. Curator, Blazo Kovacevic, SCAD, Painting Dept. and Contemporary Art Center, Montenegro (traveling to 6 locations in Montenegro and Serbia), Summer and Fall 2010.
  • "Endless Supply: Felix Gonzalez-Torres Retrospective," Chicago Art Journal, University of Chicago, 2007.
  • "This is What a Feminist Looks Like," Bonds of Love, exhibition catalog essay, curated by Lisa Kirk at John Connelly Presents, New York, 2005.
  • "Taking Inventory: William Henry Fox Talbot," PART 8, Journal of the CUNY Ph.D. Program in Art History, 2003-2004.
  • Quarterly reviews for Tema Celeste art magazine including Doug Hall, John Pilson, Stephen Hendee, Gabriel Orozco, Rachel Whiteread, Jonathan Calm, DJ Spooky, Tim Davis, 2001-2004.
  • Cinema Studies Conference, Chicago , 1999 (paper presented)
  • Co-organizer, Images for the Millenium: A Long Island Focus on Photography, The Long Island Center of Photography, October 17, Nassau County Community College, 1998.
  • Celluloid Cave (an exhibition of art film including: Martin Kersels, Sharon Lockhart, Liisa Roberts, Dara Friedman, Marijke van Warmerdam, Tacita Dean, Karsten Bott, Karl Kels, Tag Purvis), curated by Dara Friedman, Thread Waxing Space, May 10-June 7, 1997, interviews with the artists, exh. cat.
  • Do-It-Yourself (an exhibition of works by Phyllis Baldino, Dennis Vermuelen, Bill Smart), Margaret Harvey Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, England, April 23-May 1997, exh. cat.
  • Bill Viola: Fire, Water, Breath, Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, May 1997, Vol. XX, No. 2.
  • Nobody Will Give You Freedom. You Have to Take It: Meret Oppenheim, Beyond the Teacup, Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, September 1996, Vol. XIX, No. 1.
  • Michael Joseph: Proxy, Zing Magazine, Volume 3, Fall 1996.
  • Spiritual Minimalism: The 1995 Carnegie International Exhibition, Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, May 1996, Vol. XVIII, No. 3.
  • Gary Hill at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo: Reading the Body vs. Touching the Text, Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, September 1995, Vol. XVII, No. 2.
  • A Free-Flowing Geometry, Performing Arts Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press, January 1995, Vol.XVII, No. 1.