Ursula M. Kuhar, DM
Director and Assistant Professor of Arts Management
Ursula Kuhar holds a B.S. in arts administration with honors and MM in music education from Butler University, a diploma from Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris, France), and a DM in Voice from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Kuhar’s areas of expertise include orchestra/opera management, Leonard Bernstein and 20th century American song, arts policy, education, and outreach. Previously, she was on the faculty of the arts administration program at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She has worked in development and education/outreach with Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Community Hospital Foundation of Indiana and Opera Columbus, and is also a consultant specializing in the areas of strategic planning, community engagement, and arts advocacy. She is currently conducting extensive research on professional-based mentorship in arts management and is a contributing writer for Americans for the Arts' ARTSblog. Recently, she presented on efficient case study and technology implementation at the Association for Arts Administration Educators conference in Montreal, Canada. Kuhar has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Regional Finalist Award, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Sigma Iota and fellowships from Butler University and Indiana University. Her professional associations include Americans for the Arts, Association of Arts Administration Educators, National Association for Music Education, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
An active mezzo-soprano, Kuhar has been praised for her “ability to accurately convey emotion” (The Indianapolis Star), her “charming characterization and fine musicianship” (WFIU) and is sought after for her assured and passionate interpretation of operative and song respertoire. Featured in The New York Times, she made her Opera on the James debut in The Magic Flute (2nd Lady) in 2013 and has returned to the company in Suor Angelica (Cercatrice), Gianni Schicchi (La Ciesca) and Little Women (Aunt Cecilia). In 2012, Kuhar made her international debut in the title role of Handel’s Orlando at the Siena Music Festival in Siena, Italy, and has extensively performed throughout Europe and the Americas. Recent performances include Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Suor Angelica (La suora infermiera/La badessa), Bernstein’s Songfest and Arias and Barcarolles, Little Women (Aunt Cecilia), Gianni Schicchi (Zita), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Frau Reich) and Le nozze di Figaro (Marcellina).
Karol A. Lawson, Ph.D.
Director of the Art Collection and Galleries, and the Sweet Briar Museum
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management
Karol Lawson earned a B.A. in art history and anthropology from Sweet Briar College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Virginia. She has been an art museum curator and administrator for over 20 years. In addition to advanced academic training in 18th and 19th-century American art, she has experience in anthropological museums and archaeological field work and has dealt with collections covered by the Native American
Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Her career began at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art. Lawson subsequently served as chief curator and director of collections at The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia, and as director of The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the recipient of individual scholarly grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian
Institution, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and the Huntington Library and Art Collections, and has been instrumental in securing grants for collections care and museum outreach from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and from regional and national foundations. She has been a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums accreditation and museum assessment programs since 1995 and served as chair of the Museum Committee of the College Art Association 2011-13. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has 15 years cumulative experience teaching art history and museum studies at the undergraduate level and also publishes and speaks at professional conferences at the national level on legal and ethical issues with regard to the management of museum collections.