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College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Dufresne, Laura   Name:  Laura Dufresne 
Title:  Professor of Fine Arts; Coordinator of Art History 
Ph.D., Art History, University of Washington-Seattle
Specialist Degree, Gerontology, University of Nebraska-Omaha
B.A., Psychology, University of California-Santa Cruz
Office:  102 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2661 
Medieval and Renaissance Art, Manuscript illumination, Book Arts, Women’s Studies, Medieval Intellectual History, Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture

Dufresne, born in Los Angeles, Calif., was educated in the California public school system. She studied psychology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, later earning a specialist degree in gerontology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During her time in Nebraska, she worked as a volunteer with Volunteer in Service to America, working with the elderly poor in rural Nebraska. Dufresne earned her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Washington-Seattle, where she served as a teaching assistant as well as an intern at the Textile Collection of the Henry Art Gallery.

Dufresne came to Winthrop in 1989, later earning tenure in 1996 and the designation of full professor in 2006. During her time here, she has curated two exhibitions at Winthrop University Galleries. In 1991, she received a Fulbright to Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia and the Czech Republic). Dufresne also has written articles and given numerous presentations on pedagogy (1989-2000), on Christine de Pizan's City of Ladies and Treasure of the City of Ladies (1990-2000), on ceramic sculptor Paula Smith (2000-10), and on book arts (2000-2010).  Her book "The Illustrated Tradition of Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies" is currently in publication process at the Edwin Mellen Press for fall 2012.  Dufresne also provides a foster home for dogs for the Animal Adoption League.
Book Arts at Winthrop University (link)