Hiram College

Lisa Bixenstine Safford

Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Ph.D. (Retired) Photo

Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Ph.D. (Retired)

Professor Emerita of Art History

Dr. Safford is a full professor of art history, art department chair, who has also served as Chair of the Faculty. Her training was in 19th and 20th century European and American art, and she also teaches Ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, Japanese and Indian art. She received a dozen grants from NEH, Fulbright-Hays, AACU, and ASIANetwork to travel and learn in Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, France and Italy, and has taken students to Japan, France, Italy, and soon, Greece. She team taught classes with a music historian, photographer, and professors in English literature communication, political science, and classics. She won an Ohio Humanities Council Grant to create a course on American Art in Northeast Ohio museums.


  • Ph.D., Art History, Ohio State University, 6/87
  • M.A., Theatre, Kent State University, 5/84
  • M.A., Art History, Ohio State University, 6/80
  • B.A., Art History; Honors College, Kent State University, 6/77
  • B.F.A., Fine Arts, Kent State University, 12/76

Research Interests

  • European Art: Religious iconography and dance in Italian Renaissance and Early Modern French art
  • Arts of Asia: the preservation or translation of traditional culture in modern and modernizing societies

Selected Publications

Fun Facts

  • Former dancer in university troupe, actress at Porthouse Theater, long distance runner, guitar-playing folk singer.
  • Taught at Ohio Wesleyan, SFASU in Nacogdoches, Texas and Kent State before Hiram.
  • Parent of three twenty-somethings.

Additional Links

LinkedIn Icon to my profile   Sample Syllabus