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Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, 2011
M.A. Bryn Mawr College, 2007
M.F.A. American University, 2004
B.A. University of Maryland, College Park, 2002
Lesley Shipley specializes in modern and contemporary art and theory, with particular interests in critical theories of identity, post-World War II painting and sculpture, and themes of war in art. Her dissertation, entitled "Specific Objects: Lee Bontecou's Steel and Canvas Reliefs, 1959-1964," investigates the reception and interpretation history of an influential series of reliefs created by the little-known American artist Lee Bontecou. As a graduate student at Bryn Mawr, she received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities and a National Endowment for Humanities Curatorial Internship, and was a teaching assistant in the history of art and a mentor to Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellows. She has presented her research at the IFA-Frick Symposium on the History of Art at the Institute for Fine Arts at New York University, and, most recently, at the Third Annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University in Washington, D.C. Shipley's essay, entitled "Ambivalent Objects: War, Memory, and History in Lee Bontecou's Steel and Canvas Reliefs," will be included in an anthology on Women and War, edited by Helen Langa, Debra L. Murphy, and Paula Wisotski, currently under review by Ashgate Press.