Lisa DeBoer


Professor of Art
Phone: (805) 565-6123
Office Location: ADM 208

Office Hours
Spring 2011
T 10:00-12:00
F 1:30-3:30

16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish Art
The Visual Arts and Christian Worship


  • Doctorate in the History of Art
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, August 1996
  • Master of Arts in the History of Art
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, May 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts in German and Art History
    Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 1988
    Assistant: German Interim Abroad, Prof. Wallace Bratt, January 1987

Fellowships and Awards

  • Bruce and Adaline Bare Teacher of the Year, Humanities
    Westmont College, 2002-2003 and 2008-2009
  • NEH Summer Seminar, Literature and Cartography in France
    Harvard University, 1998
  • Lily Fellows Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    Valparaiso University, Valpariso, Indiana, 1996-1998
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1993-1994
    Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
    University of Michigan, 1990-93
  • Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst Scholarship
    Bayreuth, Federal Republic of Germany, 1988


  • “Faith in Art” in Re-Enchantment, eds. James Elkins and David Morgan, Routledge, September 2008.
  • “Everyday Uncanny” in Domestic Vision: Twenty-Five Years of Intimate Geography in the Art of Joel Sheesley, ed. Gregg Hertzlieb, Lutheran University Press, 2008
  • “Worship In the Fullness of Time: A Primer on the Church Year” in Reformed Worship, 85 (September 2007): 36-37 and 86 (December 2007).
  • “A Comic Vision? Northern Renaissance Art and the Human Figure,” in Broken Beauty, 43-57, ed. Ted Prescott, Eerdmans, 2005
  • “Hogenberg and History,” In The Arts, Community and Cultural Democracy eds. L. Zuidervaart and H. Luttikhuizen, McMillen/St. Martins Press, Spring 2000
  • “Make a Vision Statement,” Reformed Worship 55 (March 2000); 40-42.
  • “Review of Kathleen Erickson’s At EternityGate” The Cresset, Pentecost, 1999: 40-41.
  • “Within the Long Permission of God’s Hope: Learning as Sanctification,” The Cresset (Christmas/Epiphany, 1997-98): 15-19. A review essay of Ron Wells, ed. Keeping Faith: Embracing the Tensions in Christian Higher Education. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1996
  • Co-author of Words and Images catalogue for exhibition by the same name, with Henry Luttikhuizen, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1995

Public Lectures

  • “Form, Function and Formation,” Invited consultant, Loop Christian Ministries
    Chicago, Illinois, October 2010
  • “Whose Art? Which Church?” Calvin Symposium on
    Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, January 25-26, 2008
  • “Baptism and Balance”
    2007 Lilly Fellows Reunion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 2007
  • “News and Good News: Kairos and Chronos at work in Communion”
    HNA sponsored Session at College Art Association, New York, February 2007
  • “Challenges and Models: A very brief history of studio art and art history
    in American colleges and universities” College Art Association, New York, February 2007
  • “Worshiping with U2: What we Imagine about Worship and Art”
    Lilly/Pruit Conference on the Christian Imagination, Baylor University, October 2006
  • “Religious Art/Artful Religion: Mediating Theory and Practice”
    Panel for CIVA bi-annual conference, Azusa Pacific University,
    June, 2005
  • “Three Christian Views of Art“
    Brehm Center Worship Summit, Sun Valley, Idaho, June 2005
  • ”Printed Portraits in the Low Countries”
    College Art Association, New York, NY, February 2003
  • “The Art of Devotion: Contemplative Postures and Devotional Practices”
    Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Nov. 2002
  • “A Perpetual Forge of Idols—A Neo-Calvinist does Art History”
    Pepperdine University Faith/Learning Conference, October, 2002
  • “After Life: The Figure in the History of Western Art Education”
    Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Oct. 2001
  • “Picturing the Past: Making History in Haarlem”
    Holland Historical Museum, Holland MI, July 2001
  • “Representing Faith: A Meditation on Vermeer’s Allegory of Faith”
    CIVA Scholars Symposium, Notre Dame, June 2000
  • “Arms and the Man: Civility, Gender and Genre in Dutch Art of the Golden Age”
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinios, February 1998
  • “Landscape as History: News, Historical Representation and Local Identity in the Early Dutch Republic” CAA, Toronto, Ontario, February 1998
  • “Making History: Frans Hogenberg and the History of the Dutch Revolt,”
    University of California, Berkeley, March 1996
  • “Seeing is Believing? Vermeer’s Allegory of Faith and the Epistemological Limits of Art,” Chicago Graduate Student Symposium, Chicago Art Institute, April 1993
  • “Johannesminne: The Iconography and Function of the Cleveland Christ-John Group,” Ohio Area Graduate Student Symposium, April 199

Other Service

  • Appointed to the Worship Commission of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, April 2000-April 2003
  • Member of the editorial council of Reformed Worship: Resources for Music and Liturgy, April 1997-April 2000
  • Co-curator for “Words and Images” exhibition, with Henry Luttikhuizen, Calvin College Center Art Gallery, August 16 - September 30, 1995
  • Liaison to University of Michigan Interfaith Student Council from the University of Michigan Association of Religious Counselors, 1994 -1995
  • Coordinator of Student Ministry, Christian Reformed Campus Chapel
    Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 1994 - August 1996
  • President of Classical Committee, Classis Lake Erie of the Christian Reformed Church of North America, March 1993 - January 1995

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art
  • Werkgroep Zeventiende Eeeuw
  • CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)

Language Proficiency

  • Dutch: reading and oral proficiency
  • German: reading and oral proficiency
  • French: reading proficiency