Laura																 Holzman

Laura Holzman

Director of Museum Studies
Associate Professor of Art History and Museum Studies
Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art (School of Liberal Arts and Herron School of Art and Design)
Department: Museum Studies
IN, Eskenazi Hall (HR) 252 and CA419



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.



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



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.



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)

Academic Interests

Academic Interests

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


IN, Eskenazi Hall (HR) 252 and CA419
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202