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About Lauren K. Lessing

Lauren Lessing is an art historian and educator with fifteen years of experience working in museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. In her current position as Mirken Curator of Education at the Colby College Museum of Art, Lauren links the Museum’s collections and exhibitions to curriculum at the college, directs community outreach and programming, and co-curates the Museum’s collections of American paintings and sculptures. Lauren completed her Ph.D. in Art History at Indiana University in 2006 under the guidance of Sarah Burns, and she has written numerous articles, catalogue essays, and papers on nineteenth and twentieth-century American art.


Present Mirken Curator of Education, Colby College Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Maine Art Education Association, Arts Advocate of the Year, 2011
  • Association of Art Museum Curators, Outstanding Essay of 2010, for "Ties that Bind: Hiram Powers' <i>Greek Slave</i> and Nineteenth-Century Marriage"
  • Maine Arts Commission: Arts in Education Grant, 2009


  • Words and Images: Writing about Art
  • Student Docent Program

Contact Information

Colby College Museum of Art
5600 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 859-5609


Articles (5)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (4)

Recent Presentations (6)