Laura Volkerding Study Center
Located on the second floor of the CCP, the Study Center is a space dedicated to research and study of our archives, rare books and reference materials, and oral histories. Multimedia equipment is available. Explore our collections.
The Study Center is currently closed. Please contact Alexis Peregoy with any research needs.
In the interest of the health and welfare of our patrons, staff, faculty, and students, the Center will be closed effective immediately until further notice. This includes our galleries as well as our programs, events, and research spaces. We believe this is a responsible and ethical step, and while it is disappointing to cancel events, we look forward to coming together again as a community when the time is right.
Educators: please visit our Education page for options about our photographic education opportunities and LENS initiative.
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.