IADS Open Track/Arts Mgmt Program Coordinator
Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar, who holds a MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and is a PhD Candidate in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University. She is currently a Lecturer for the Department of Art Education Art History's Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program, 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, the IADS capstone, and understanding art museums. She also teaches art history courses Theories of Contemporary Art, Post-Modernism, Modernism, and Art History Survey II.
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 is the director of the award-winning documentary, The Skin Quilt Project, which was produced in 2010 and was a official selection at the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival in Berkley, CA. Cross has also been recognized for both her art practice and community work, featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival, selected as a Third Annual Visionary Award winner by Fort Worth Weekly magazine in 2013, and named one of Dallas' "100 Creatives" by the Dallas Observer in 2015.