Laura Volkerding Study Center
About the Laura Volkerding Study Center
The Study Center is named in honor of Louisville, Kentucky, native Laura Volkerding (1939-1996). Volkerding studied fine arts at the University of Louisville and at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her Master’s degree in graphic design. Laura began her artistic career making drawings, weavings, and prints but switched to photography in 1972 after a fire in her studio destroyed much of her early work. From 1970 to 1979, she taught at the University of Chicago. In 1980, she became a lecturer in photography at Stanford University, where she remained for 16 years. Volkerding received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Prix de Paris, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. In 1996, the Center for Creative Photography published her book, Solomon’s Temple: The European Building-Crafts Legacy.