Joe Lucchesi

Professor of Art History | Director of Boyden Gallery

Joe Lucchesi


Joe Lucchesi is Professor of Art History in the Art Department and Director of the Boyden Gallery at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He teaches courses in art from Europe and the United States, with a special emphasis on modern and contemporary art and theory. He is also a co-founder of the college’s Museum Studies Program and past coordinator of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Joe earned his PhD in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was consulting curator for the Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition “The Art of Romaine Brooks” and curated “Amazons in the Drawing Room: the Art of Romaine Brooks” (National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Art Museum at the University of California-Berkeley). Joe has also published several articles on Brooks and her social and artistic circles. His interests in visual culture and queer history have also informed other writing, curatorial, and lecture projects, including work on American artist Dorothy Sturm, lesbian imagery in contemporary film, the soldier’s body in World War 2 advertising, photographic archives and GLBTQ history, and affect in digital images. He currently serves as an officer for the Art in Public Places Commission for the city of Annapolis, MD. Since 2019, he has been the Chief Reader for College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Art History, a position in which he is an advocate for high school art history education at the national level. 

Areas of Research Specialization

  • Contemporary Art and New Media
  • American Art and Material Culture
  • Queer Culture

Areas of Teaching Specialization

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Museum and Curatorial Studies


  • B.S. in Management at Clemson University,
  • Ph.D. in Art History at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,