Lucy Winters Durkin

Art history/art appreciation

Lucy Durkin

Lucy Winters Durkin is a longtime art history instructor whose interests range from early Renaissance frescoes to contemporary Japanese works on paper. Her presentations blend formal analysis with other disciplines including music, literature, religion, philosophy, science and political history.

Lucy’s formal training began with a BA in European history at Smith College, followed by a Master’s degree in art history at Williams College. While at Williams, she curated several exhibitions, including a highly successful show on John James Audubon at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Lucy has taught a broad selection of courses at MAG, and has also taught at the Eastman School of Music since 1996. Other teaching and lecturing has taken her from Cornell University and the Providence (RI) Atheneum to the National Museum of American Wildlife in Jackson Hole, WY. She also works with a number of musical performers and groups, choreographing visual images to illuminate works of music. These performances have been well-received not only in Rochester, but also in San Antonio, Utica and New York City.

While living in Tokyo, Japan from 2004 to 2007, Lucy became deeply involved in presenting the premiere exhibition and sale of contemporary Japanese works of art on paper at the highly-respected CWAJ Print Show. Her work there culminated in her serving as co-chair of the 52nd annual show in 2007.

Lucy talks about art in a factually precise but conversational tone, stripped of unnecessary jargon. She believes that while art can be appreciated solely for its intrinsic qualities, understanding the cultural context surrounding its creation can enrich our understanding of an object. To this end, her presentations offer a blend of formal analysis mingled with other disciplines—music, literature, religion, philosophy and science, as well as political history—all geared to exploring art as it has related to people through time.

Above: Photo by Rachael Baldanza.