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Ellen Lippert

Ellen Lippert, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History, Department Chair

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  • Ph.D.  Art History, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2009
    • Dissertation: “George Ohr in His Nineteenth Century Context: The Mad Potter Reconsidered”
    • Advisor: Professor Henry Adams
  • M.A. Art History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
    • Thesis: “The Art of Persona and Personality in George Ohr”
    • Advisor: Professor Kirk Savage
  • B.A. Art History, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, 1999
  • B.S. Geology and Ceramics, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, 1998

Teaching Experience

  • Associate Professor of Art History and Western Humanities, Thiel College, 2012-present
  • Art Department Chair, Thiel College, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor of Art History and Western Humanities, Thiel College, 2008-2012
  • Full Time Lecturer: Art History, Thiel College, 2006-2008
  • Adjunct Faculty:
    • Youngstown State University, 2005-2006
    • Community College of Allegheny County, 2005
    • Westminster College, 2005
    • Case Western Reserve University, 2003


  • Books:
    • George Ohr: Sophisticate and Rube. University Press of Mississippi, 2013
  • Articles/Essays:
    • “Comrade Ohr: Ideal Craftsman and American Socialist,” Journal of Modern Craft (July 2014).
    • “George Ohr: Mad Potter, Marketing Genius,” Style 1900 (February 2010): 48-55.
    • American Gothic. (2010). The Thirties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
    • Thomas Hart Benton. (2010). The Thirties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
    • Museum of Modern Art. (2011). The Twenties in America. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press


Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Baltimore, MD, 2014

  • Paper: “Hand Crafted and Self-Referential: The Pottery of George Ohr in the Art Works of Jasper Johns”

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2011

  • Paper: “Arcadia’s Ruin: Tragedy and Loss in Eakins’ Two Nephews at Avondale

Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Ontario, 2009

  • Lecture: “George Ohr: The Mad Potter Reconsidered” given in conjunction with the exhibition “George Ohr Rising…”

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA, 2009

  • Paper: “George Ohr and the Consumer Culture of the Gilded Age”

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Symposium, Niagara Falls, Ontario, 2008

  • Paper: “The Mystery of the Inevitable: Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Adams Memorial

Hoyt Institute, New Castle, PA, 2008 

  • Paper: “Winslow Homer: Sage and Salesman” presented in conjunction with the  opening of exhibit “Winslow Homer: The Illustrator (1857-1888)”

Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 2006

  • Paper: “George Ohr and Late 19th Century America: The Mad Potter Rehabilitated”
  • Panel Chair: Art, Architecture & Design 2: “Subaltern” Designs

Ohio University Art History Symposium, Athens, OH, 2003

  • Paper: “The Aesthetics of Prizefighting: Sport as Art in George Bellows’ Stag at Sharkey’s

National Convention for Undergraduate Research, Syracuse, NY, 1999

  • Paper: “Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity and Its Effect on Art”

Related Experience

  • Research Assistant: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2003
  • Research Assistant: Andy Warhol Museum, 2002

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Scholarship Award, Thiel College, 2015
  • Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, 2006
  • Robert P. Bergman Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University, 2002 - 2004
  • Teaching Assistantship, University of Pittsburgh, 2000-2002

Professional Affiliations and Committees

  • Mid-Atlantic Pop/American Culture Association
  • College Art Association