Meredith Parsons Lillich

Meredith Parsons Lillich

Fellow: Awarded 2007
Field of Study: Medieval History

Competition: US & Canada

Education: Syracuse University

A Professor of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, Meredith Parsons Lillich has been a faculty member there since receiving her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969. She is an expert on medieval stained glass, a field that has fascinated her since her first encounter with examples of it while a Fulbright Fellow in Brussels (1953-54).

Her many publications on the subject include The Stained Glass of Saint-Pere de Chartres (Wesleyan UP, 1978), which won the Millard Meiss Publication Award from the College Art Association; Rainbow like an Emerald: Stained Glass in Lorraine in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries, College Art Association Monograph on the Fine Arts, No. 47 (Pennsylvania State UP, 1991); The Armor of Light: Stained Glass in Western France, 1250-1325, California Studies in the History of Art, No. 23 (Univ. of California Press, 1994), which was selected as a Centennial Book by the University of California Press; The Queen of Sicily and Gothic Stained Glass in Mussy and Tonnerre, American Philosophical Society Transactions, 88, No. 3 (APS, 1998); and, turning to the Western hemisphere, Stained Glass Before 1700 in Upstate New York, Corpus Vitrearum United States of America, 11, No 1 (London: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2004).

She has lectured on medieval stained glass around the world, in Jerusalem, Leeds, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Hawaii, to name a few sites. In addition, she has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in Paris, has held Fellowships from the NEH and ACLS, and has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well as a Fellow at the School for Historical Studies of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. She is also a member of Corpus Vitrearum, an international society promoting the study of stained glass.

During her Guggenheim Fellowship term, Ms. Lillich was bringing to completion her study of the Gothic stained glass of Reims Cathedral.

Spouse: Richard B. Lillich, Guggenheim Fellow in Law, 1966