Joseph G. Dreiss, Professor of Art History, earned a Ph.D. (1980) in history of art from State University of New York at Binghamton, an M.A. (1974) in history of art from Rutgers University, and a B.A. (1972) in history of art from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Dreiss is the author of "Gari Melchers: His Works in the Belmont Collection" (1984), and also has published extensively in the areas of contemporary and art criticism. Dr. Dreiss also has been involved both in the production and teaching of digital media. He founded the Department of Art and Art History's digital media lab and developed and taught a summer curriculum in digital imaging, digital video and web production. Dr. Dreiss' most recent work focuses on the contemplative experience of art as traditionally understood in psychological and anagogic terms and its correlation with recent developments in neuropsychology that document the neurological impact of contemplative states of mind. The trajectory of his recent work argues for the potential of art as a tool for the augmentation and development of consciousness especially in consideration of the newly recognized neuroplasticity of the adult brain.
Areas of Expertise (6)
State University of New York at Binghamton: Ph.D., Art History 1980
Rutgers University: M.A., Art History 1974
Fairleigh Dickinson University: B.A., Art History 1972
Media Appearances (3)
Victor Hugo's 1831 gothic novel played a big role in the revival of Notre Dame Cathedral
"Viollet-le-Duc was a Gothic revivalist and interestingly, he had an impact on early modern architecture because of the emphasis that he placed on the structural beauty of buildings, which is a really significant aspect of the Gothic style," said Dr. Joseph Dreiss, Professor of Art History at the University of Mary Washington.
Dreiss, Tweedy & Mathews Participate in Humanities Conference
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Three UMW faculty participated in a Virginia Humanities Conference at Christopher Newport University on March 16, 2013. Professor of Art History Joseph Dreiss presented a paper, “The Landscape Interventions of Any Goldsworthy,” while Associate Professor of English Danny Tweedy delivered a paper titled “Faith and Ecology: Spirituality versus Eco-collapse in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.” Mary Beth Mathews, associate professor of religion, served as UMW’s delegate to the VHC.
Joseph Dreiss Presents at SLSA Conference
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On September 30, 2012, Professor of Art and Art History Joseph Dreiss presented a paper at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) , which was held in Milwaukee, Wis. The paper, “Direct Encounters with Nonhuman Nature: The Landscape Interventions of Andy Goldsworthy,” was presented as part of the Arts and Ecologies session. Fellow panelist and presenters were Elizabeth Kessler, Stanford University, who presented on “Alignments: Earthworks, Astronomy, and Instrumentality” and Christine Filippone, University of Pennsylvania, who presented on “The Human Use of Human Beings?: Feminism and Systems Theory in Public Sculpture and Ecological Art.”