Lisa outdoors smiliing, wearing blue and white chevron-patterned top

Elisabeth Berry Drago

Director of Visitor Engagement; Podcast Cohost

Elisabeth (Lisa) Berry Drago is director of visitor engagement at the Science History Institute. She also cohosts (with Alexis Pedrick) the Institute’s podcast on the odd and fascinating histories of science, Distillations. She was previously a public history fellow at the Institute, where she curated Things Fall Apart (2017–2018) and Age of Alchemy (2018–2021). Berry Drago is the winner of a 2018 American Alliance of Museums’ Award for Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing (Things Fall Apart).

Berry Drago holds a PhD in art history from the University of Delaware, specializing in the representation of science and artisanal work, the history of the print, and artistic identity-making. Her most recent book, Painted Alchemists (Amsterdam University Press, 2019), is the first monograph on the painter Thomas Wijck (1616–1677), whose pictures of alchemists in the laboratory offer new perspectives on early modern science and artistry.

Stories from Elisabeth Berry Drago

​​Coffee with a Curator: BOLD Histories of Synthetic Color​

In this course Lisa Berry Drago will lead us through the first 150 years of manufactured dyes, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the curation of the BOLD exhibition.

vials of powder paint pigments

BOLD: Color from Test Tube to Textile

Our new exhibition takes visitors on a colorful journey through more than 150 years of synthetic dye-making.

Fit to Be Dyed

The enduring appeal of tie-dye.

18th century alchemist who looks like Santa

Age of Alchemy

Experience an era stranger than fiction and more curious than myth.

Quacks, Plagues, and Pandemics

What charlatans of the past can teach us about the COVID-19 crisis.

Stress Baking and the Comfort of Connection

Baking homemade bread anchors us to millennia-long traditions.