Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Gardner, Laura

Name:  Laura Gardner
Title:  Professor of Fine Arts; Art Education Program Coordinator
Education:  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
Area(s):  Reflective Practice, Book Arts, Meaning Making, and Letterpress


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Laura Gardner is Professor of Fine Arts and Program Coordinator of Art Education. She earned her PhD in interdisciplinary Studies and Reflective Practice in Art Education from the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her MS is from Bank Street College of Education/Parsons School of Design in New York.  

She began her career teaching art to young children in the Hudson Valley and until 2012 directed two graduate programs at Winthrop: the Master of Arts in Arts Administration and the Master of Arts in Art Education. She is a letterpress printer and book artist and has worked as an illustrator and specialty painter in New York and the Carolinas.  
Gardner has received numerous grants and awards in the areas of pedagogy, service learning, arts education, book arts, and letterpress printing. In 2015-16 she and colleague Dr. Laura Dufresne were awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College Teachers Grant to lead a transdisciplinary investigation into the commonplace book to study how humans managed information overload and made sense of the world before the digital age. They led the seminar, Take Note and Remember: The Commonplace Book and its American Descendants, to 16 university scholars at UNCA, Asheville, N.C, July 2016. Her most recent co-authored publications include three books to support teacher effectiveness published by Plexus Institute and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and two articles with Elizabeth Minnich and Brenda Sorkin on relational teaching.

Gardner continues her study and practice of letterpress printing and book arts at Goodfriends Press in Charlotte, Penland, and BookWorks Asheville. She spent spring 2017 on sabbatical, printing, assisting in a letterpress foundry, and making books in Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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