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Laura Reeder

Laura Reeder
Associate Professor
South 205A

Laura Reeder works to blur boundaries between art and education.

At MassArt, Laura supervises graduate and undergraduate students as they teach K-12 youth from the Boston area in the historic Saturday Studios program. She mentors artists to use their practices in community, gallery, and school settings. She collaborates with community school students and their teachers in the Boston PUblic Schools High School Arts Festival.

Laura is a national advocate for arts education. She provides professional development to teachers, artists, and cultural workers around the United States. Her artistic work and publications address pedagogy and praxis by examining social injustices and critical communities of practice in contemporary society.

2015 - Ph.D., Arts Education/Teaching & Leadership, Syracuse University; 1989 - MFA, Arts Education, Boston University; 1986 - BFA, Visual Communication, Syracuse University
Professional Experience: 


  • 2015 - Work: Art Education Faculty Exhibit, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
  • 2014 - Serious Play, Student Life Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
  • 2013 - Selections, Paine Gallery, MassArt, Boston, MA
  • 2012 - Places of Belonging, La Casita Cultural Center, Syracuse, NY
  • 2011 - Seymourofus Storylines, King & King, Syracuse, NY


Visit for a complete list of publications and research materials. 

  • 2015 - Kara Walker: Subtlety as a Big Idea. Art Education: The Journal of the National Association of Art Education, 68(1)
  • 2014 - "Wake up call: Advocacy in the arts education ecosystem." Insightful and Creative Leadership within Arts Education: History, Challenges, Opportunities, and Practices: Visual Inquiry, Learning and Teaching Art, Intellect Publishers, 3(3).


  • 2010-2018 - Curriculum Coordinator for US Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) research. $3,000,000 awarded to study creativity in high-needs classrooms with Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services
  • 2014 - Higher Education Art Educator of the Year: Massachusetts Art Education Association
  • 2013 - MassArt Foundation Fellowship
  • 2007-2012 - JP Morgan Chase/Syracuse City Schools, "Arts in Mind"
  • 2011-2012 - Lila G. Bull Trust Assistantship


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