Lucy Winters Durkin

Instructor of Visual Arts




Lucy Winters Durkin teaches art history in the Humanities Department at the Eastman School of Music. She also teaches art history programs offered to the community at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.

Lucy holds a B.A. from Smith College in History and a Masters’ Degree from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Her lecturing career has taken her from the the College Women’s Association of Japan in Tokyo to Cornell University with many stops in between. She also has authored and taught an on-line course, “The Museum Goer’s Guide to Art.”

In a different aspect of her career, Lucy works with musical groups and individual performers in creating programs that combine music and visuals, which have been performed in multiple venues in upstate New York, San Antonio and New York City. She also serves on the board of the Sound ExChange Project, an “arts incubator” for new ensembles.


AH 213 History of Western Art:

This course surveys a wide variety of works from the early Renaissance to contemporary art.  By looking at many styles and techniques, students learn how to describe, discuss and evaluate works of art.  We will focus on placing works in their historical and social context, and examine the interrelationship of visual art with music, literature, technology, religion and popular culture.

AH 281 Romantic Art: Visions, Dreams & Nightmares

The Romantic era encompasses both works of art which celebrate the most elevated dreams and hopes for humanity, as well as those which explore as the terrifying depths of the darkest corners of the human soul. This course will examine the powerful metaphor of nature, the concept of the hero, the rising importance of nationalism and the image of the artist as an independent rebel. Artists to be considered include Goya, Friedrich, Blake, Turner, Géricault, Delacroix, Cole and Church.

AH 282 Paths to Modernism: Art in Europe and America 1886-1918

 Changes rocked the art world in the decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century as artists explored many different paths towards visual abstraction. This course will focus on the complex interrelationship of different dynamic movements which challenged and ultimately forever changed the definition of art and modernity, and their relationship to culture in Europe and the United States.