Professor Laura Vandenburgh has taught drawing and painting in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon since 1998. In 2014, she received the University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence award, recognizing her career accomplishments. Currently the Director of the School of Art + Design, Vandenburgh has held a number administrative positions at the University of Oregon, including serving as the Interim Dean for the College of Design from 2019-21 and Department Head of Art from 2008-14. Before joining the UO faculty, she held academic appointments at Syracuse University and Hunter College, CUNY. Vandenburgh received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City, following a BS in Zoology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis.
Vandenburgh’s drawing-based work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany, Portland (OR), Seattle, Chicago, Montreal, including venues such as the Kunstverein Passau; Upfor Gallery; Susan Hobbs Gallery; Hunterdon Art Museum; Ditch Projects; the Portland Art Museum; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center; the Everson Museum; the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; Hunter College; Lawrence University and Syracuse University. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in publications including Hyperallergic, Art LTD and Canadian Art. Vandenburgh’s studio practice has been supported by residencies and awards from Yaddo, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Ford Family Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, and the University of Oregon.