LUEDERS, LAURELLIM College, which is located in New York City and focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, has named Laurel Lueders as Chair of the College’s Visual Merchandising department, effective July 1, 2016.

Professor Lueders joined LIM in 2013 as an adjunct faculty member and in 2014 she was promoted to full-time lecturer in the Arts & Sciences department, where she taught a variety of classes in art history and cultural studies.

Before coming to LIM, Professor Lueders was on the faculty at the Art Institute of New York. Her teaching career began at the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus at Madison, where she received a master’s degree in Design Studies. She later earned an MFA in Fine Arts, with a focus on Interdisciplinary Studio practice, from the School of Visual Arts. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin she spent her college and early professional career years in Madison, Wisconsin.

As an artist, Professor Lueders has given more than two dozen artist’s lectures and gallery talks. Working in a variety of media, she has shown in over 25 solo exhibitions throughout the world, as well as in more than 100 group exhibitions. Her work is part of the permanent collections of museums and cultural institutions in New York, Wisconsin, California, Hungary, Germany, Italy, and Cyprus.

Professor Lueders is also a designer and has worked as a visual merchandiser. This summer, she will lead LIM College’s “The Arts in Florence” program at Florence University of the Arts in Italy and complete the second half of an Annex Arts Residency in Berlin.

In making the announcement, LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse said, “Laurel Lueders’ well-developed understanding of the creative economy— and the role that a strong business foundation plays in the success of those working in it — will greatly benefit LIM’s undergraduate and graduate Visual Merchandising students. Her broad and interdisciplinary approach to the business of fashion, together with a strong intellectual framework and a keen understanding of the role technology plays in design practice, makes Professor Lueders a unique fit to lead our Visual Merchandising department.”

LIM College Provost & Executive Vice President Dr. Christopher Cyphers added, “In Laurel we have found someone with a diverse business and creative background, who possesses a true interdisciplinary mindset necessary to take our visual merchandising program to the next level of excellence.”

Among LIM College’s Visual Merchandising degree programs are a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Visual Merchandising, as well as the nation’s first Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Visual Merchandising.