Expert Profile


Karol Ann Lawson


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Full or Part-time

Position Type:



United States of America

Years in the field:

20 – 25 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Education, Exhibits development, Grants/Foundational Giving, Intern Programs, Membership Programs, Senior Leadership, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Research & Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Volunteer Programs

Dr. Lawson is a museum leader, curator, and educator. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the history art, specializing in art of the United States. She has been responsible for museum collections encompassing painting, sculpture, prints and photographs, folk art, decorative arts, archeological artifacts, historical objects and archival material. She has considerable experience working with boards of directors and advisory councils; stewarding staff and managing budgets; fundraising for collections care, research, and programming; planning educational outreach and interpretation; developing exhibitions; and growing permanent collections through gifts and acquisitions. Lawson has taught museum studies/arts management at the undergraduate level for 20 years. She speaks at national conferences on the ethical management of museum collections and on curatorial research. Resume/CV and references available upon request.