Ph.D., Princeton University, 2021
Lucy H. Partman specializes in American art and visual culture, with a particular focus on science, education, and performance. She believes we have a lot to learn from the work and lives of creative people who operate in many arenas, develop diverse networks, and impact the way people see the world.
Her dissertation, "William Rimmer: Teaching Art," centers on the life and work of nineteenth-century American artist, doctor, and educator Dr. William Rimmer. The project explores how his teaching and art were intimately intertwined and reveals Rimmer at the center of a complex and extensive network of individuals, institutions, and ideas. Looking closely at Rimmer’s approaches and philosophy can help us to reimagine the role of art and educators. Following the completion of her dissertation, Lucy joined the department as a Postgraduate Research Associate.
Lucy graduated from Yale University in 2014 with honors in art history and biology. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked in paintings conservation and conducted exhibition research at the Yale Center for British Art. Since 2014, she has collaborated on projects and exhibitions with art historian, curator, and critic Norman L. Kleeblatt, former Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator at the Jewish Museum in New York. At the museum, Lucy contributed to From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945–1952 (2014) and co-curated the exhibit John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (2016).
Lucy joined the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton in 2015 to work with Rachael Z. DeLue. During her graduate studies, she delivered talks and lectures on a variety of topics including the role of performance in John Singer Sargent's portrait practice, Arthur Weslely Dow's pedagogy, Norman Lewis's approach to abstraction, and close looking at the case histories and visuals of wounded Civil War soldiers in The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-65.
At the Princeton University Art Museum, Lucy led the research, writing, and design of the interactive web component for Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment (2018) called “The Ecology of an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes of Nature’s Nation”. During 2018-2019, she worked on collection research and exhibition development in the museum’s American art department.
Lucy is deeply passionate about and engaged with efforts to support teaching and professional development of graduate students and academics. She was a long-term Graduate Teaching Fellow at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and a Senior University Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. She believes graduate students and all PhDs can be agents of innovation, change, and leadership inside and outside of academia.
Author, “Norman Lewis: A Complex Conversation” in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (November 2020)
Co-author with Norman L. Kleeblatt, “The Edge of Abstraction: Norman Lewis and the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection” in Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art (New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2016) edited by Courtney J. Martin