Laura Polucha joined the Illustration Art department in 2019. As a cataloguer, she assesses, researches, and writes descriptive content for original works of art, as well as contributes to the preparation of department catalogues and exhibitions.
Before joining Swann Galleries, Laura worked for a fine art gallery specializing in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American Art. As a research associate, she enjoyed conducting research on historic women artists who have largely been underrepresented in the field. She earned her M.A. in Art History from Columbia University, where her work focused on identity and self-fashioning through portraits, “decorative” arts objects, and domestic interiors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Laura has developed and led courses in art history for undergraduates, and held internships at various institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
In her free time, when she is not traveling or exploring a museum, Laura can often be found hiking in the Hudson River Valley or running in Central Park. On weekends at home, she enjoys baking bread and pastries.