Lisa Ciresi, PhD

Lisa Ciresi, PhD   

Associate Professor of Art History

Library Room 253
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8215
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My name is Lisa Ciresi and I am an Associate Professor of Art History at USCB.

I earned my PhD from Rutgers University (2003) and was a Fulbright Scholar (Germany). I received a post-doctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD, 2003) and was a research associate in the Dept. of Art History, University of Hamburg, Germany for a project entitled, “Mittelalterliche Reliquiare als Wahrnehmung und Konstruktion von Heiligkeit (“Medieval Reliquaries as Perception and Construction of Holiness”).

At USCB, I teach introductory courses in the History of Western Art, as well as more specialized areas in Medieval Art, Italian Renaissance Art, and 20th Century Art.

My research and publications focus on the liturgical use and significance of sacred and devotional art and the ritualization of their architectural spaces during the High Middle Ages. My most recent publication was a chapter contribution entitled, “Maria Ecclesia: The Aachen Marienschrein as an alternate body for the Virgin Mary,” in Binding the Absent Body in Medieval and Modern Art, eds. Emily Kelley and Elizabeth Rivenbark, (Routledge, 2017).  Currently, I continue to work on a manuscript contracted with Brill Academic Publishers entitled, Foundations of a sacred empire: the 13th Century Ceremonial site of Charlemagne in Aachen and enjoy lecturing on various themes in the history of art for OLLI’s continuing adult education curriculum and for the greater Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island communities.

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

PhD in Art History. Rutgers University 2003

MA in Art History. Rutgers University 1997

BA in Art History. Douglass College, Rutgers University 1989

  • ARTH B105 - History of Western Art I
  • ARTH B106 - History of Western Art II
  • ARTH B315 - History of Medieval Art
  • ARTH B320 - History of Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARTH B335 - History of 20th Century Art
  • ARTH B390a - Topics in Art History: Beaufort Three Centuries
  • ARTH B299 - Independent Study
  • Western Art
  • Medieval Art
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • 20th Century Art