Department Chair, Lucy Gans honored with Jane P. & Louis Weinstock '36
Endowed Chair at the 2013 Founder's Day Ceremony
Jane P. & Louis Weinstock '36 endowed Chair in Art and Architecture
Lucy Gans, professor and chair of the department of art, architecture and design, is the first holder of the Louis & Jane Weinstock '36 Chair of Art and Architecture at Lehigh University. She teaches sculpture and drawing and is also affiliated faculty member in the Women Gender and Sexuality Studies program. In addition, she is an artist/teacher in the Vermont College M.F.A. program. Her work is figurative, narrative and socially situated and ranges from individually carved figures to installations with drawings, prints, and narrative text. Her exhibition, "In Our Own Words," at Lehigh University's Zoellner Arts Center, received a special award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission for Social Impact. Her work is in many public and private collections in this country and abroad. She has been the recipient of the Medal of Honor from the National Association of Women Artists, the Peabody award for her work in printmaking, and the Clara Shainless Memorial Award.
Gans came to Lehigh as an assistant professor of the department of art and architecture in 1981 and was promoted to full professor in 1999. She chaired the department from 1987-90, 2003-04, 2006, and resumed in 2010. She directed the women's studies program from 1991-1994 and the design arts program from 2008-09.
She earned her B.F.A degree from Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH, and her M.F.A. degree in sculpture with a minor in drawing from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She also studied painting and drawing at the Arts Students League, NY, NY. She has taught in schools, colleges, and universities in Ohio, New York, and Alabama, and Pennsylvania for over 35 years.