Laura Wolfe

Laura McCloskey Wolfe teaches art history. From 2021-2023 she was also an Honors College Faculty Fellow and from 2020-2022 she was a University System of Georgia Chancellor's Learning Scholar, exploring high-impact practices related to mindfulness and reflective learning and creative critical thinking. 

Laura was the recipient of an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship for PhD study at Trinity College Dublin, she received a Dumbarton Oaks pre-doctoral Residency in 2018, she was the 2018 winner of the Terry Barry Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Irish Medieval Studies, and her article “Exploring Meditatio and Memoria in Ireland through the Book of Durrow: Manuscript Illumination as the Intersection of Theological and Artistic Traditions” was nominated for a Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize for best article or essay in Irish medieval studies. She has been a lecturer of history and art history since 2008, specializing in Irish history from pre-Christian to contemporary periods, Celtic art and mythology, and medieval Scotland. She has presented at numerous international conferences on the art of the Book of Durrow, the Book of Kells, and early medieval Irish manuscript traditions. Additional research areas include art historical and psychoanalytical approaches to the work of William Butler Yeats, Japanese art, and the global Middle Ages. She has also had several art pieces exhibited in Virginia and Georgia, with two colored pencil drawings published in a U.K. selected volume of Celtic-inspired art and poetry. 

Research Interests:

Art History

  • Medieval art, history, and paleography; Byzantine and early Islamic art; social politics of colonization and visual representations of cultural identity; historiography.
  • Cross-cultural contact between the Mediterranean and Ireland in the Middle Ages and its expression in manuscript illumination.
  • Japanese art and spirituality, particularly Zen Buddhism. Socio-cultural exchange between Japan and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries as evidenced in visual art and literature.


  • Cognition, meta-cognitive awareness, and self-regulation in college students.
  • Multicultural inclusivity and promotion of intercultural competency in university populations.

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Summer 2020 Sections

  • ART-2201 (History of Western Art I) Section: E01
  • ART-2202 (History of Western Art II) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • ART-2201 (History of Western Art I) Section: 02
  • ART-2202 (History of Western Art II) Section: 02
  • ART-3210 (Non-Western Art - Japanese) Section: 01W

Fall 2019 Sections

  • ART-2201 (History of Western Art I) Section: 02
  • ART-3220 (Art of the Ancient World) Section: 01W
  • ART-3230 (Med Art Chrs Europe/Near East) Section: 01W