“My parents lived abroad in the first years of their marriage so as children we traveled quite a bit… Every trip included many art museums. It had a lasting effect on all of us—one brother is a painter, another a composer and teacher, and I became passionate about art history, teaching and travel.”
Right out of college, Laura worked for five years as the Exhibition Coordinator for the Springfield Art Museums. After completing a M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art at Brown University in 1984, she joined the Montserrat faculty. “I chose Montserrat because of the challenges and opportunities of working in a small, growing college of art, and because I wanted to teach art history to practicing artists.” Laura helped plan and implement the Liberal Arts component of the B.F.A. program, which was instituted in 1986, and established a Liberal Arts department for the college.
Since 1997 she has also directed Montserrat’s Summer Program in Viterbo, Italy. “Every summer I watch students transformed by their travel experience. There is nothing I find more rewarding than sharing that moment of discovery.”
In 1997 she curated an exhibition of female self-portraits that traveled to three college museums in New England. Her areas of research include gender and art, and the Etruscans; her most recent project focuses on Etruscan burials as gendered spaces. “Art History isn’t always the art student’s favorite subject—I try to bring it alive through my own enthusiasm, experiences and humor.”
Education: B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Brown University; Trinity College, Rome