Dean, School of Art and Design History and Theory
Sheila Johnson Design Center
Sarah E. Lawrence received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, and her masters and doctorate from Columbia University, in Renaissance Art History and in Theory and Criticism. Prior to becoming Director of the MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Jewish Museum.In her scholarship, Dr. Lawrence's focus has been renaissance decorative arts, with a specialization in metalwork. Her scholarship has focused on the work of Valerio Belli, Jacopo Strada, and Giovanni Battista Piranaesi. She has curated such exhibitions as "Crafting a Jewish Style: The Art of Bezalel, 1906-1996" (1998-1999); and "Piranesi as Designer" (2007-2008). In addition to courses on the Decorative Arts of the Renaissance, she teaches the historiography and theory of decorative arts; exhibition design; Proseminar; and Design Criticism.
art history,curatorial practice,design history,exhibition design,theory