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Dr. Lisa Frye Ashe
Dr. Lisa Frye Ashe
Adjunct Lecturer of Art

Areas of Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Art History, Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism

Additional Areas of Interest: Conceptual Art, Site-Specific Art, Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Photography

Lisa Frye Ashe specializes in the history and theory of art in the United States and Europe since the Second World War. Her current research focuses on large-scale abstract painting beginning with the rise of Abstract Expressionism at the end of the 1940s and continuing through the 1960s, with a special emphasis on the relationships between painting and the architecture of galleries, museums, and studios.

Publications on these topics include the article “On Barnett Newman’s The Wild (Art Journal, Spring 2014) and a review of the exhibition and catalogue Morris Louis Now (Art Journal, Winter 2008). She has lectured on the frieze paintings of Jackson Pollock at the Pollock-Krasner Study Center Summer Lecture Series (2007), and on the work of Mark Rothko and Pollock at Tate Liverpool in conjunction with an exhibition of Rothko’s Seagram murals (2009). She received the Pollock-Krasner Study Center’s Herskovic Essay Prize in 2011 for her work on Newman.

 Courses include the survey Art since 1945, a seminar on Art of the 1960s, Theories and Methodologies for Art Historians, and Contemporary Theory and Practice for Artists. She has also taught seminars on Abstract Expressionism and on postmodern theory and practice in the 1980s.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
History of Art and Architecture
M.A., University of Virginia
History of Art
B.S., University of Tennessee
Contact Information
315 Visual Arts Building
(804) 289-8272
(804) 287-6006 (Fax) (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Modern and Contemporary Art History
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism