Lucy Partman studies American art with Professor Rachael DeLue. Her dissertation, titled “The Figure and Figuration in Nineteenth-Century American Painting,” considers issues related to depictions of the figure, as well as intersections of art and science, pedagogy, and collecting practices.
Lucy graduated from Yale University with distinction and honors in both the History of Art and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Throughout her undergraduate career she participated in paintings conservation and research projects at the Yale Center for British Art. She was a Patrick McCaughey Scholar at the museum during the summer of 2012. Her thesis in art history “At the Intersection of Art and Science in the Early American Republic: Specimen Portraits in Charles Willson Peale’s Natural History Museum” (2014) was awarded the A. Conger Goodyear Fine Arts Award for Senior Thesis.
Lucy organized over six exhibitions at the Slifka Center at Yale including I Asked for Wonder (2013), Spring Awaking: An Exhibition of Cyanotype Prints on Nature, Memory, and Birth (2014), and Only in a Woman: Microscopic Images by Harvey Kliman, MD, PhD (2014).
Since her graduation from Yale, 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 (September 12, 2014 through February 1, 2015) and co-curated the exhibit John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children (September 16, 2016 - February 5, 2017).
She co-authored the essay “The Edge of Abstraction: Norman Lewis and the Joyner/Giuffrida Collection” with Kleeblatt published in Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art (New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2016) edited by Courtney J. Martin.
Lucy presented a paper about American artist and educator Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) at the Princeton University conference “Water and the Making of Place in North America” (2016). In January 2017, she gave a lecture at the Jewish Museum considering Sargent’s masterwork Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children (1896) through the lens of performance and situated the portrait in the context of Sargent’s and the Meyer family’s shared passion for music and theater. She recently presented the paper “Mirror, Mirror: Representing Civil War Bodies” at the Ohio State University conference “Encountering the Body” (2018).