Elisabeth Leach

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Deba Leach is a fourth year Ph.D. student specializing in American art and architecture. She received a B.A. in English at Manhattanville College, a B.S. in Architecture from Catholic University, and an M.A in Art History from the University of Iowa. Her primary area of research for this degree is American art of the twentieth century. Other areas of interest include nineteenth century developments in printing and reproduction technology, and how ideas, especially architectural ones, are expressed or conveyed through various media. Curatorial work for exhibitions on Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and Grant Wood (1891-1942) at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art inform Leach’s dissertation topic Doris Lee (1905-1983): Self, Society, Place which will present and illuminate the artistic education and work life of the Midwest-born modernist. Leach’s pioneering roles as architectural historian for Iowa’s state historic preservation department in the 1970s and draughtsman for noted FAIA architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen in the 1980s, inspire a continuing interest in American building and landscape of all periods.