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Laura Holzman

Campus Address: HR252
Phone: 317-278-9415
Email: holzmanl@iupui.edu


Assistant Professor, Art History and Museum Studies
Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art
(School of Liberal Arts and Herron School of Art and Design)


B.A. with highest honors, Swarthmore College, 2006
M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2009
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, 2012


As an engaged art historian, my practice is dedicated to activating art history, visual studies, and their methods as tools for strengthening communities and creating a more reflective society. I hold a joint appointment at the Herron School of Art and Design and the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

I teach courses in art history and museum studies. My courses focus on topics such as public art, curatorial practice, museum history and theory, and urban visual culture. I also periodically teach a study abroad course about cultural memory through Herron’s summer program in Central Europe. If we’re not in the classroom during class time, it’s likely that my students and I are meeting at a nearby museum or walking around the city to learn directly from our local environment.

My research examines contemporary visual culture and place-based identity in the United States. I am currently completing a book about public discourse, historical art, and the struggle to shape Philadelphia’s reputation around the turn of the twenty-first century. While my traditional scholarship examines events, questions, and debates that originate in communities outside of academia, my work as a public scholar intervenes in these matters more directly by leveraging art history and museums to facilitate democratic discourse about current issues. For these projects I collaborate with IUPUI students, professionals in the local arts and culture sector, and other members of Indianapolis’s communities. Together, we develop programs that blend art and art history with other matters that participants identify as relevant to their lives.

Academic Interests

public art, visual studies, museum studies, local culture and place-based identity, tourism, memory


Public Programs (selected)
The Art of Democracy: An Afternoon of Looking, Talking, and Creating. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Jan. 2017
ArtX Fit: Action in Art. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2015

Exhibitions (selected)
Curator, We Are City [EXPORT]. Indiana University Center for Art + Design, Columbus, IN, 2014
Curator, Making Memory. Marsh Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI, 2014

Print and Digital Publications (selected)
L. Holzman. "Barnes Foundation,”"The Gross Clinic,” "Rocky,” The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (2013-2016)
L. Holzman. "A Question of Stature: Restoring and Ignoring Rocky," Public Art Dialogue (2014)
L. Holzman, E. Wood, H. Cusack-McVeigh, E. Kryder-Reid, M. Labode, L. Zimmerman. "A Random Walk to Public Scholarship? Exploring our convergent paths," Public: A Journal of Imagining America (2014)
M. Labode, L. Holzman, and E. Kryder-Reid. "Hybrid Discourse: Exploring Art, Race, and Space in Indianapolis,” Public: A Journal of Imagining America (2013)

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