Laurel Lampela

Professor, Art Education

Laurel Lampela received her PhD in Art Education from the Ohio State University. Prior to her tenure at UNM, Prof. Lampela held appointments in the Department of Art at Cleveland State University and in the Department of Art at Marshall University. She also taught art for several years at the elementary and high school levels. Her scholarly interests include quality instruction in visual arts education that includes information relating to the understanding of lesbian and gay content in artists’ works and researching the work of historical and contemporary lesbian artists.
Prof. Lampela authored A Practical Guide to Supplement the Teaching of Secondary Art Methods and is co-editor of From Our Voices: Art Educators and Artists Speak Out About Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Issues. She has authored numerous articles for such journals as Studies in Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Art Education, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education, and the Journal of LGBT Youth. Prof. Lampela is the co-founder of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Issues Caucus of the National Art Education Association.
Prof. Lampela’s creative work involves the construction of hybrid realities through digital collages and solar gravuere prints. Her work reflects an interest in blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy, truth and fiction.