Lisa DeBoer


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

Office Hours
Fall 2016
Th: 10:00-12:00
F: 1:30-3:00

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
  • 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
  • “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

Public Lectures

  • Plenary speaker for the 2014 Kuyper Prize Conference at Princeton Theological Seminar in honor of Nicholas Wolterstorff. April 2014
  • “The Sidelong Glance: Battlefield Emotions in the Art of the 17th century Dutch Republic.”
    Invited speaker for “Battlefield Emotions” symposium, Free University, Amsterdam,
    January 2013
  • “Solo Flyers: Curricular and Pedagogical Strategies for the Lone Art Historian in a Studio Department.” CAA, Los Angeles, February 2012
  • “Form, Function and Formation,” Invited consultant, Loop Christian Ministries Chicago, Illinois, October 2010
  • “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
  • ”Printed Portraits in the Low Countries” College Art Association, New York, NY, February 2003
  • “A Perpetual Forge of Idols—A Neo-Calvinist does Art History” Pepperdine University Faith/Learning Conference, October, 2002
  • “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, Illinois, 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

Book Reviews

  • Steven Guthrie’s Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human, in Perspectives, March/April 2013
  • Robin Jensen’s Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine In Early Christianity In Material Religion 4/1 (Winter 2008): 99-100
  • Frank Burch Brown, Good Taste, Bad Taste, Christian Taste, in Church History 70 (Fall 2001): 603-604
  • Kathleen Erickson’s At Eternity’s Gate in 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 Keeping Faith: Embracing the Tensions in Christian Higher Education, edited by Ron Wells, Eerdmans, 1996

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art
  • Werkgroep Zeventiende Eeeuw
  • CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts)
  • SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)

Language Proficiency

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