Lauren Cross is an artist, curator, and scholar whose art, curatorial, and research addresses the intersections of race and gender in the field of art and design. She holds a BA in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, The American International University in London, England (2006), an MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2010), and a PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX (2017). She is the founder of non-profit arts initiative, WoCA Projects, and is a Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies at the University of North Texas.
Dr. Cross has been recognized nationally and internationally for her art, curating, research, and community work. At the University of North Texas, she has organized several public programs with her students and colleagues on topics in the art industry and multiculturalism, most recently she and her colleague Dr. Kathy Brown (Art Education) co-led the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design’s 2044 Series to explore anti-racist pedagogy within art and design education. For more information on the 2044 series visit https://onstead.cvad.unt.edu/2044-series-videos.