Thomas M Lucas

Thomas M Lucas

University Professor

Fr. Thomas Lucas S.J., Professor of Art+Architecture and director of USF's Thacher Gallery, received his doctorate in Theology and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, in 1992. He also holds degrees from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome; Fordham University, New York; The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and Santa Clara University, California. Lucas is an internationally recognized expert in Jesuit art history, as well as a well-known liturgical designer and artist with an international portfolio.

As a graduate student, Lucas designed and directed the restoration of the sixteenth century rooms of St. Ignatius in Rome, and curated an exhibit on Jesuit architecture at the Vatican Library. In the course of that work, he also edited, contributed to, and designed the exhibit catalogue /Saint, Site, and Sacred Strategy/, (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Press, 1990). His book /Landmarking: City, Church, and Jesuit Urban Strategy/ (Chicago: Loyola Press, 1997) won an Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) National Book Award in 2000. He has also edited a festschrift and is the author of a dozen articles.

Lucas joined the USF Faculty in 1995 after serving for three years as the National Secretary for Communications at the US Jesuit Conference, Washington DC. At USF he served as founding chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Programs for 8 years until the programs were divided into freestanding departments in 2003. After directing a joint degree program with the California College of the Arts for five years, he proposed, designed, and saw USF's Department of Art+Architecture through to establishment. In fifteen years in the classroom, he has taught courses in art history, stained glass, theology and art, landscape design, sacred space, and campus design seminars. He is the founding director of the Thacher Gallery at USF (1998) and the Kalmanovitz Sculpture Terrace (2008) and has curated more than fifty exhibits on campus. Lucas has also lectured at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and China.

Lucas's work as a liturgical designer has been recognized with an award from the American Institute of Architects, and his projects range from glass and liturgical furnishing designs for more than a dozen churches and chapels to service as design consultant for the restoration of the St. Ignatius Cathedral, Shanghai, PRC. He also serves as campus design consultant to the president at USF, and has created several large installation pieces on campus. He has served on the boards of trustees of two universities, a private high school, a family non-profit foundation, and the Fort Mason Foundation, San Francisco.

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Art History and Arts Management