Lauren O’Neal is the director and curator of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy and a senior lecturer at Boston University. Previously, she directed and taught in the arts management program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. O’Neal has curated exhibits for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Somerville Museum, and the Nave Gallery, among others, and written for publications including Art New England. She was on the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Creative Teaching Roster and held a Massachusetts PreK-12 art teaching certification, and has developed educational programs for organizations including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Art Institute of Boston, and Young Audiences. As a nonprofit administrator, O’Neal has worked in the areas of management, fundraising, curation, education, marketing, and program development for organizations including the Computer Museum and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
O’Neal has exhibited her artwork at the Portland Museum of Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art, the Theater Academy of Finland, the Lexington Art League, and Purdue University. She has been the recipient of grants, residencies, and fellowships from the Somerville Arts Council, The Nelimarkka Museum, Artscape Gibraltar Point, and Kuvataideakatemia, and has presented at the College Art Association Annual Conference, the European Artistic Network Conference, the Annual Women & Society Conference, and the Nordic Forum for Dance Research. O’Neal received her MFA from Maine College of Art, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and her A.B. from Wellesley College. Currently, she is pursuing doctoral research at the University of the Arts Helsinki.
“Working in the arts requires passion, curiosity, flexible thinking, and tenacity. Students in the Boston University Arts Administration program embody these characteristics and demonstrate their deep engagement with the field through their coursework, field study projects, and professional experiences. Together we are building a dynamic and sustainable arts network that recognizes the potential of the arts to transform individuals and communities.”