Nicholls State University

Deborah Lillie

Title: Professor
Department: Photography
Office Phone: 985-448-4592
Office Location: 222 Talbot Hall


B.F.A., Colorado State University
M.F.A., Louisiana State University


ART 251: Beginning Design
ART 261: Beginning Photography
ART 361: Intermediate Photography I
ART 362: Intermediate Photography II
ART 461: Advanced Film Photography
ART 462: Advanced Digital Photography
ART 463: Color Photography I
ART 464: Color Photography II
ART 497: Senior Capstone (photography)


Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Deborah Lillie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University in 1990, then moved to Louisiana to obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1996. Lillie joined the faculty at Nicholls in 1998. In addition to teaching all levels of photography, she also teaches Beginning Design. Her personal artwork varies from being purely photographic to a mixed media combination of photography, sculptural elements, and/or found objects or other documents. Throughout all the work runs a strong attention to the relationship between humans and the natural world, particularly as explored and understood through scientific means.


During her tenure at Nicholls, Deborah Lillie brought the photography program from a traditional, film-based curriculum to one that encompasses digital technologies, hybrid, and alternative processes in addition to film-based imaging. In 2016, Lillie secured a BoR Curriculum Enhancement Grant to equip the photography area with a comprehensive digital lab and a fleet of DSLR cameras for student use. On the national level, Lillie has been an active member of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) since 1989, and has coordinated four annual conferences for the South Central Chapter. In 2018, the South Central Chapter recognized Lillie with the award of Honored Educator. Lillie’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in various group and solo exhibitions, and was featured in the 2019 Pingyao International Photography Exhibition in Pingyao, China.

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