Laura Amrhein

Laura M. Amrhein teaches Art History in the Division of Liberal Arts. "We all inhabit a world of language, image and persuasion," she says. "To stand out, I encourage students to think critically and navigate about the world through observation, reflection, discussion, and collaborative collegiality. I use project based assignments, in-class writing with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of works of art, and provide time for students to engage in class discussion."

I hope my students see the love I have for art and critical inquiry—philosophical and societal—and that it compels them to develop their own brand of love for what they do.


  • Formerly an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Career Highlights

  • Publication of her co-edited book "Memory Traces: Analyzing Sacred Space at Five Mesoamerican Sites" (University Press of Colorado, 2015)
  • Twice selected as a Fulbright-Hays recipient for seminars in China and Brazil, which resulted in working with land artist Andrew Rogers in Nepal and writing an essay for his book, writing an exhibition catalog for environmental artist Jacqueline Bishop, and being invited to an international conference in Delhi, India
  • Twice chosen as NEH summer seminar participant for study and research in Central America and Peru
  • East/West Center seminar participant, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Middle Eastern Grant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock to support a month of curriculum research in Egypt

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Summer Research Grants UALR, for publication research in Yucatan, Mexico and Chiapas, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Faculty Excellence in Research, UALR, 2012
  • Visiting Resident Fellow, spring 2013, Columbus State University, Georgia
  • NEH Summer Seminar 2006 and 2008
  • Fulbright-Hays 2007 and 2010
  • Middle Eastern Research Grant (for research in Egypt) 2011


  • Southeastern College Art Conference
  • Society of American Archaeology


PhD Art HistoryVirginia Commonwealth University

BA Art HistoryJames Madison University