Ilene D. Lieberman

Ilene D. Lieberman, PhD

  • Gabriel Lukas Professor of Fine Arts
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Arts & Culture

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Art History, Art & Archaeology (1983)
    Princeton University (NJ)
  • BA, Comparative Literature and French (1976)
    University of California--Berkeley (CA)

About Me

My undergraduate degree program included a year studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, an opportunity that helped shape my academic career. At graduate school in Princeton, I specialized in 19th century European art, with a dissertation that focused on British commemorative sculpture during this period. This ultimately led me to my current interest in public art, particularly memorials and monuments, as well as the representation of gender in art.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on commemoration, on how cultures define and pay homage to their "heroic dead." I am particularly interested in the disparate forms of modern remembrance how, where, and whom we memorialize as well as the interplay between aesthetics and politics that so often complicates public display.


  • Creativity in the Age of Covid: Honors Comes “Home.”  Honors in Practice, 2021, Volume 17, 211-15. 

  • "Turning Theory into Practice: A Case Study in the Arts," with Mara Parker, Journal for Learning through the Arts, Vol. 15 (1), 2019.

  • “The Value of the Arts within a Liberal Arts Education: Skills for the Workplace and the World,” with Mara Parker, in Exploring, Experiencing, Envisioning Integration in the Arts, ed. Nancy Hensel, Palgrave McMillan, 2018, 125-141. 

  • Lieberman, Illene D. "Race and Remembrance: Philadelphia's 'All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors' and the Politics of Place." American Art Journal 29.1/2 (1998): 18–51. Web.
  • Lieberman, Illene D. "Sir Francis Chantrey's Monument to George Washington: Sculpture and Patronage in Post-Revolutionary America." The Art Bulletin 71.2 (1989): 254–268. Web.
  • Lieberman, Illene D. The Chantrey Ledger in the Royal Academy, The Walpole Society.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

College Art Association (CAA), Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA), Public Art Dialogue (PAD)


  • Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (1991)
  • University Sabbatical Award, Provost's Grant; Faculty Development Grant (2010)
  • National Collegiate Honors Council Faculty Institute, "Memory and Monuments" (2013)


  • Arts & Sciences Professor Recognized for Leadership

    Professor Ilene D. Lieberman received the Faculty Institutional Leadership Award at the 2020 Faculty Awards event. The honor recognizes her record of leading initiatives that further the university’s vision, mission and strategic objectives. Lieberman has played a vital role in the development and revitalization of many academic programs over 30 years of service to Widener. As director of the Honors Program in General Education, Lieberman has instituted multiple high-impact practices such as early adoption of high-impact practices in honors courses, establishment of an honors Living Learning Community, and development of a mentor program. Her work has improved Widener’s recruitment of academically talented students, and those students benefit from her mentorship. Lieberman was also a co-founder of the Women’s Studies Program (now known as Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies), which has brought fresh ideas to the university and helped attract high-caliber faculty to provide students with leadership and civic engagement opportunities. A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been a recurring priority in her leadership.

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