Samantha Lyons

PhD Candidate
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Samantha Lyons is a PhD candidate specializing in modern and contemporary art. Her primary research interests focus on performance and participatory practices in international postwar art. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Synaesthetic Dress: Episodes of Sensational Objects in Performance Art, 1955-1975,” which explores the multi-sensory qualities of clothing as a vehicle for artistic collaboration and social engagement. Samantha has presented research from select chapters at the annual conferences of the College Art Assocation and Midwest Art History Society. 

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Samantha holds the position of Franklin D. Murphy Graduate Research Assistant in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas. She has previously served as the Andrew W. Mellon and Loo Family intern of European and American art at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas, where she curated the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities (2017). 

Fields of Study

Modern and contemporary art 
Performance art


MA University of Kansas
BA Truman State University

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