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Lyssa Palu-ay

Lyssa Palu-ay
Interim Provost, Associate Professor/Compass Coordinator
South 301

Associate Professor Lyssa Palu-ay's work explores nature, memory, ritual, and sacred space. Whether it be in the ancient Tibetan landscape or a remote corner of Maine, Palu-ay becomes a teller of stories about a lost place and time. Her work begins intuitively with the photograph but she also uses drawing and video to expand her dialogue with nature.

2016 - Ph.D, Higher Education Administration, UMass Boston; 2001 - MFA, Photography, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; 1990 - B.A., Political Science, Boston College
Professional Experience: 

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 - Selections, MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries
  • 2015 - Directions, Brant Gallery, MassArt
  • 2015 - MassArt Annual Auction, MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries
  • 2014 - The Landscape of Memory, Village Art Theatre Gallery, Danville, CA
  • 2011 - Solo Exhibition, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 
  • 2011 - In the Front Row, ALANA Faculty at MassArt, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt

Selected Presentations

  • 2017 - Building Bridges of Intellectual Support Across Writing and Art, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), Brooklyn, NY
  • 2017 - Portraiture of Identity Among Students of Color at an Institute of Art and Design, American Educational Reseaerch Association of (AERA), Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity, San Antonio, TX 
  • 2017 - Portraiture of Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Identity Among Students of Color at an Institute of Art and Design: A Post-Colonial Critical Race Theory Study, UMass Boston Higher Education Administration All Cohort Retreat, Boston, MA 
  • 2015 - Exploring Posthumanism in Higher Education: Methods, Contexts, and Implications, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Inequality in Higher Education, Denver, CO
  • 2015 - Strategies for Equity and Inclusion in Art Colleges, The National Art Education Association National (NAEA) Convention, New Orleans, LA 


  • 2017 - The Main Review, Port Clyde, ME
  • 2016 - "Portraiture of Racial/Ethnic and Cultural Identity Among Students of Color at an Institute of Art and Design: A Post-Colonial and Critical Race Theory Study," Proquest (2016): 1-207 Lyssa Palu-ay 
  • 2015 - "You don’t look like your profile picture": the ethical implications of researching online identities in higher education, Special Issue Ethical Issues in Online Research, Educational Research and Evaluation, Volume 21, no. 2

    Gerardo Blanco Ramirez and Lyssa Palu-ay 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Council member on Ethnic Participation (ASHE)
  • College Art Association (CAA)
  • Imagining America
  • En Foco
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
  • Society for Photography Educators (SPE)