Senior Lecturer, Arts Administration
An accomplished interdisciplinary artist and curator, Senior Lecturer Lauren O’Neal has taught in the BU MET Arts Administration program since 2011. Most recently, O’Neal served as the director and curator of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy, where she centered curatorial and educational efforts on community participation, diversity, and inclusion. She previously directed and taught in the arts management program at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the Art Institute of Boston.
O’Neal has curated exhibits for the Federal Reserve Bank, the Somerville Museum, and the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center Gallery at Brown University, among others, and has developed cultural programs for organizations such as the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and the Somerville Arts Council. She has presented at conferences including the College Art Association Annual Conference, the European Artistic Network Conference, and the Nordic Forum for Dance Research. O’Neal has also written for Art New England.
As a nonprofit administrator, O’Neal has worked in the areas of management, fundraising, curation, education, board and staff development, marketing, and program development for organizations including the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the former Computer Museum, and the Arlington Center for the Arts.
O’Neal’s artwork has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, the Theater Academy of Finland, and Purdue University. She has been the recipient of grants and residencies from The Nelimarkka Museum and the Vermont Studio Center. As a performer, she has performed in the work of Trisha Brown and Heidi Latsky at the Institute for Contemporary Art Boston and Harvard University.
O’Neal is a 2020–2021 visiting fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a doctoral candidate at the University of the Arts Helsinki.