Elizabeth Ferrell

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

116 Spruance Art Center 1 (267) 620-4740

About Me

Elizabeth Ferrell has been an Assistant Professor of Art History at Arcadia University since 2015.  She was trained in modern and contemporary art, with a special focus on postwar America, at Grinnell College and the University of California Berkeley, where she received her PhD in 2012.  She teaches courses on art since the eighteenth century.

Areas Of Focus

modern and contemporary art history

Santa Monica, CA

Home Country
United States

Education History

University of California, Berkeley 2012

MA, PhD, Major in Art History

Grinnell College 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Art History


"Artist's Model / Model Artist: Wallace Berman's Photographs of Jay DeFeo"

Article, Art History

"William Blake's West Coast Circle"

Contribution to book, William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, Princeton University Press

“‘17 Contemporary American Painters’: The Crossmedial Exhibition as Propaganda"

Article, Kunstlicht

“The Lack of Interest in Maria Eichhorn’s Work”

Contribution to book, Art After Conceptual Art, MIT Press

“Chronology, 1964-1969"

Contribution to book, The Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s, University of California Press

Research Summary

Elizabeth Ferrell's research focuses on art in the United States since World War II. Her current book project, The Ring around The Rose: Jay DeFeo's Circle and Artistic Collectivity in Cold War America, examines creative exchanges that developed around The Rose, a monumental painting created by the San Francisco artist Jay DeFeo between 1958 and 1964. The project speaks to Elizabeth's general research interest in the interaction between artistic collaboration and interpersonal relationship.