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“My vision for a School of Art and Design is that it is a place with a strong liberal arts component, with the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards, with exceptional faculty and staff, where students develop skills in communication, research, creative practice, critical thinking, problem solving, personal expression, expansion of Art and Design literacy, and where students gain an understanding of diverse and global perspectives. Montserrat College of Art is a place that exemplifies this.”
Laura Ives is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs who joined Montserrat in January of 2016. She possesses strong organizational and leadership skills from a rich variety of work environments in the US and overseas. She comes most recently from Chester College of New England, where she held the post of Vice President of Academic Affairs for five years. Previously, she was Chair of the Art Department and member of the Faculty at Appalachian State University. Overseas, she served as a volunteer and Advisor for US AID in Botswana, and as a managing director of various healthcare projects at an NGO in Maharashtra, India.
Laura wrote the national art curriculum for secondary schools for the country of Botswana. When she first arrived in Botswana in 1985, only a handful of students studied art in the secondary schools, and those students were in schools where there were expatriate teachers. By the time she left Botswana in 1992 — after the art curriculum had been established, over 10,000 students throughout the country were enrolled in art as a regular subject, and when she went back to Botswana in the summer of 2002, more than 50,000 secondary students were studying art.
Altogether, Laura brings more than 25 years of experience in education and international service, but most important, she is genuinely passionate about arts education.
Education: MFA in Sculpture Washington University School of Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO, BFA in Sculpture, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA