Laura-Caroline de Lara

Interim Director, DePaul Art Museum

Laura-Caroline de Lara adopted her position as DePaul Art Museum’s interim director in July 2020, having been the collection & exhibition manager and associate director since 2016. Previously, de Lara was the collection & exhibition manager at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum of Chicago, managing exhibitions, publications, and the collection. As registrar for SAIC’s Roger Brown Study Collection she propelled the collection’s organization from 2010-2011. Promoting the work of self-taught artists, she earned her dual Master’s in Modern Art History, Theory, & Criticism and Arts Administration & Policy in 2012 at SAIC. De Lara was project coordinator for the public art organization, UrbanArt Commission in Memphis (2007-2009) and served in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curatorial and registrar departments, in 2006, supporting such exhibitions and publications as “Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination”, “What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect” (U of C Press, 2009), and “Modern Masters: American Abstraction at Midcentury (SAAM, 2008).”

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