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Skidmore College
Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Michael Orr

Dean of the Faculty

& Vice President For Academic Affairs

Office: Palamountain 416

Telephone: 518-580-5705




  • Ph.D., History of Art, Cornell University
  • M.A., History of Art, Cornell University
  • B.A. (Hons), History of Art, University College London 


  • 2018-present: Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Skidmore College 
  • 2011-18: Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Professor of Art History, Lake Forest College
  • 2010-11: Special Assistant to the President for Strategic and Financial Planning, Lawrence University
  • 1989-2011: Professor/Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Lawrence University (Department Chair 2006-2009; 1997-2004; 1995-96)


Co-author of the following volumes of An Index of Images in English Manuscripts from the Time of Chaucer to Henry VIII, c. 1380 – c. 1509. Series editor: Kathleen L. Scott (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols):

  • New York: Columbia University-Union Theological, with Martha W. Driver (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007)
  • The Bodleian Library, Fascicle III: MSS Musaeo-Wood, with Lynda Dennison, Ann Eljenholm Nichols and Kathleen L. Scott (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2002)
  • The Bodleian Library, Fascicle I: MSS Additional-Digby, with Lynda Dennison, Ann Eljenholm Nichols and Kathleen L. Scott (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2000)


  • “Decorating and Illustrating the Page,” co-authored with Martha W. Driver, in The Production of Books in England 1350-1530, ed. by Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 104-128
  • “Hierarchies of Decoration in Early Fifteenth-Century English Books of Hours,” in Tributes to Kathleen L. Scott: Essays on English Medieval Manuscripts, ed. by Marlene Hennessy (Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009), pp. 171-195
  • “The Fitzherbert Hours (Dunedin Public Libraries, Reed MS 5) and the Iconography of St. Anne Teaching the Virgin to Read in Early Fifteenth-Century England,” in Migrations: Medieval Manuscripts in New Zealand Collections, ed. by Stephanie Hollis and Alexandra Barratt (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008), pp. 216-246
  • “Tradition and Innovation in the Cycles of Miniatures Accompanying the Hours of the Virgin in Early 15th-century English Books of Hours,” in Manuscripts in Transition: Recycling Manuscripts, Texts and Images, ed. B. Dekeyzer and J. Van der Stock (Leuven: Peeters, 2005), pp. 263-270
    “Illustration as Preface and Postscript in the Hours of the Virgin of Trinity College Ms. B. 11. 7,” Gesta 34 (1995): 162-176
  • “The Development of the Byzantine Solidus,” in Bearers of Meaning. The Ottilia Buerger Collection of Ancient and Byzantine Coins at Lawrence University, ed. Carol L. Lawton (Appleton: Lawrence University Press, 1995), pp. 39-44.
  • “The Hours of Elizabeth the Queen: Evidence for collaboration between English illuminators and an artist from the Gold Scrolls Group,” in Flanders in a European Perspective. Manuscript Illumination around 1400 in Flanders and Abroad. Proceedings of the International Colloquium (Leuven: Peeters, 1995), pp. 619-33
  • “An Introduction to Medieval Book Hands,” and twelve catalogue entries in Pen, Brush, and Folio: the Art of the Medieval Book, exhibition catalogue (Ithaca, NY: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 1986)


  • Fellow, American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program, 2009-10
  • British Academy Conference Travel Grant, 2005
  • NEH Focus Grant, “Enhancing Humanities through Faculty Development in Instructional Technology” (Group award), 1996
  • NEH Collections Grant, “The Corpus of Illustrations and Other Representations in English Manuscripts, c. 1380-c. 1509” (Co-recipient), 1995-97
  • Lawrence University Award for Excellence in Teaching, Freshman Studies Teaching Prize, Young Teacher Award