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Laura Holzman

School of Liberal Arts and Herron School of Art and Design

Expert Bio

Laura Holzman is an associate professor of art history and museum studies at IU Indianapolis, where she is also appointed Public Scholar of Curatorial Practices and Visual Art. Her work is dedicated to activating art history, its methods and its related institutions as tools for strengthening communities, expanding democratic discourse and creating a more critically reflective society. She regularly collaborates with cultural organizations and community members in her research and teaching.

Holzman’s first book, “Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century,” examines visual culture and the public envisioning of place during an important moment of change in the city.

Areas of Expertise

Museums; public art; community-engaged curatorial practice; Philadelphia visual culture, including Rocky and the Barnes Foundation; visual culture and civic identity.

Other Information

Contested Image: Defining Philadelphia for the Twenty-First Century (Temple University Press, 2019)

The House Life Project (community-engaged curatorial work)

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