IADS Open Track/Arts Mgmt Program Coordinator
Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar, who holds an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. (2010), and a Ph.D. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas (2017). She is the Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies for UNT CVAD’s Department of Art Education Art History, and the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Cross teaches undergraduate courses in the IADS program, such as art and business, IADS topics, and museum studies. Her teaching champions active-learning, service learning, and social networks with highlights being student-led symposiums on branding in the arts (2018) and ethics in art and design practice (2016). From 2016-2018, Cross co-organized a lecture series with her departmental colleague Dr. Jennifer Way entitled Conversations: Art, Politics & North Texas, which brought art industry professionals, artists, and scholars to UNT to discuss the impact of politics on the local arts community.
Cross' research addresses critical multicultural approaches in arts practice, arts entrepreneurship, curatorial studies, museum studies, and art history. Cross has been a frequent presenter at academic and public conferences across the country and internationally, and is the director of the award-winning documentary, The Skin Quilt Project, which was produced in 2010 and was an official selection at the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival in Berkley, California.
Cross has been recognized nationally and internationally for her art practice and community work, included featured works in museums and galleries across the U.S. and the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received the Third Annual Visionary Award by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013, and was named one of Dallas' "100 Creatives" by the Dallas Observer in 2015. In 2018, Cross was selected as a Visiting Artist for the Center for Creative Connections at the Dallas Museum of Art, and an inaugural Carter Community Artist for the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. In 2019, Cross was recognized as one of 13 Women Forwarding Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine. For more information on Cross visit www.laurenecross.com.