Lucinda Bliss
Lucinda Bliss

Faculty Chair
I enjoy guiding studies in which varied forms of studio practice intersect other disciplines in such a way that learners are empowered to make personal, critical, and artistic discoveries that inspire their thinking and their lives.

Lucinda Bliss received a B.A. in Art History with a minor in English from Skidmore College, where she also enjoyed study in sculpture, drawing, performance, and creative writing. She went on to receive an M.F.A. in Visual Art from Vermont College in 1999 and found the program transformational, as the combination of creative expression and critical writing became deeply rooted in her life. Her drawings, paintings, and mixed-media works are currently represented by Rose Contemporary Gallery in Portland, Maine. Lucinda has also exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Space Gallery, Whitney Art Works, Boston Center for the Arts, the Tucson Museum of Art, and The Ross Gallery in North Carolina, among many others.

Since 2005, Lucinda has been a member of the faculty at UI&U and has taught in both the weekend and virtual models. Lucinda also taught at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine College of Art MFA, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA, and for four years served as the Director of the Bowdoin Summer Art Camp at Bowdoin College. Her career has led her to ancillary projects, such co-curating the 2004 exhibit Exposing Scarlet: A Visual Response to the Scarlet Letter at the Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery. She has also written and published the limited edition chapbook Anatomy of Desire: the Daughter/Mother Sessions (Tucson, AZ: Kore Press. 2000). Lucinda's work has been reproduced in several journals including The Saint Ann's Review and Hunger Mountain.

Lucinda's primary area of expertise is in helping students weave together studio studies with research and writing in visual culture/art history. She is also interested in critical theory, women's studies (particularly on issues of feminism, motherhood, psychoanalysis, sexuality, desire, and identity), semiotics, and rock-n-roll culture.