Claire Lyman

We have the best professors at Lewis & Clark—especially in the art history department! 

Claire Lyman BA '18



Degree and Class Year

BA ’18


Wilmette, Illinois

Current City

Saint Louis, Missouri


Art History




Art Club/Artweek, Student Academic Affairs Board, KLC Radio, Curator for Gender Studies Symposium

Overseas study


Continuing Studies

Art History PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Beautiful, Supportive, Challenging

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The beautiful campus drew me in, but ultimately the small class sizes, professor to student ratio, and the unique community led me to make my decision to come to L&C.

What have you been doing since graduation?

After graduating, I had a variety of different jobs unrelated to my major. I appreciated my time outside of school but I decided that I wanted to return to academia.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your PhD program?

We have the best professors at Lewis & Clark—especially in the art history department! The classes I took with Dawn Odell, Ben David, and Matt Johnston prepared me for the rigor of a PhD program.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

How to write well!

Why did you major in art history?

I have many academic interests and the beauty of art history is that it serves as a point of convergence for so many fields.

Why did you minor in Classics?

Associate Professor Gordon Kelly encouraged me to pursue a Classical studies minor after I took a couple Latin classes with him. I’m so glad I did, because Gordon is the best, and now I am studying Roman art in my PhD program.

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I still keep in touch with my friends and professors.

Art History Classics