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Faculty & Staff Profiles

 Gardner, Laura   Name:  Laura Gardner 
Title:  Associate Professor of Fine Arts; Art Education Program Coordinator 
Ph.D., Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH
M.S., Bank Street College of Education / Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 
Office:  248 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2654 
Reflective Practice, Book Arts; and Letterpress

Laura Gardner is Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Program Coordinator of Art Education.  Until 2012 she directed the Master of Arts in Arts Administration and the Master of Arts in Art Education.  She completed her doctoral work at the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and her Master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York City.  Dr. Gardner began her career teaching art to young children in the Hudson Valley of New York.  She is a letterpress printer and book artist and has worked as an illustrator and specialty painter in New York and the Carolinas.  Her interests include reflective practice, holistic education, book arts, and letterpress.  She has received numerous grants and awards in the areas of pedagogy, service learning, arts education, the commonplace book, and letterpress printing.  She exhibits her book arts and letterpress regionally and continues her study and practice at Goodfriends Press in Charlotte, Penland, and BookWorks Asheville.