Lucia Colombari

PhD Candidate


Lucia is a native of Bologna, Italy. She studies twentieth-century art under the direction of Professor Elizabeth H. Turner. She specializes in European and American modern art, with an emphasis on transatlantic exchanges and Italian modernism. Her interests include art patronage and collecting, history of exhibitions, museums, and world’s fairs. Her current research explores the intersections of art and technology by investigating the cultural exchanges between Italian Futurism and American modern art in the context of the early twentieth-century industrial city.

Lucia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bologna with a Master of Arts in Art History, and the Cattolica del Sacro Cuore University in Milan with a Master of Arts in Art Administration. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor of Artsin Humanities with a concentration in Art History from the University of Bologna.

Before coming to the University of Virginia, Lucia worked at a variety of institutions, including the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan and the Corriere della Sera Foundation, devoted to preserving and valorizing one of the oldest and most read newspaper in Italy. In 2014, she was a recipient of an Ivano Becchi Award that supported her fellowship at the Denver Art Museum. 

At the University of Virginia, Lucia has served as a teaching assistant for Art and MoneyArt and Popular Culture, and History of Architecture I. She also serves as a program assistant for the UVA J-Term Education Abroad program in Rome, Italy.