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 art history 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 he 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.
Joe Dreiss in the News
- Dreiss, Tweedy & Mathews Participate in Humanities ConferenceThree UMW faculty participated in the recent Virginia Humanities Conference at Christopher Newport University on Friday, March 16. 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 entitled, "Faith and Ecology: Spirituality versus Eco-collapse... Read more »
- Joseph Dreiss Presents at SLSA ConferenceOn Sunday, September 30, 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... Read more »