Liz Clayton Scofield (they/them/their)
Artist, Writer+Poet, Play Advocate+Facilitator, Art+Tech Consultant
Vanderbilt University Class of 2010
“My education at Vanderbilt fostered critical and independent thinking, endless curiosity, and confidence in my creative practice. Somehow at Vanderbilt, I managed to exist at the in-betweens; I continue to do so and keep learning about the advantages and challenges in the liminality.”
I graduated in the Class of 2010, with an interdisciplinary major and a minor in studio art. I was (and still am) interested in too many things, and also am stubborn – I resist conventional structures. An interdisciplinary major was a great opportunity for me to explore a breadth of ideas and have agency in my scholarship. In my minor, I used these ideas as a foundation for creative work. Showing a cohesive body of work in the Hamblet exhibition was a highlight of my experience. I worked with the Curb Center, which continues to influence my pedagogy, and I lived in McGill Hall, a community rooted in creative thinking and making. After Vanderbilt, I earned an MFA in digital art from Indiana University, Bloomington, where I studied video, performance, interactive media, and sculpture. I continue to perform, exhibit multimedia work, publish essays and poems, curate, collaborate, and teach. I will be joining the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to study poetry in the fall of 2021. My education at Vanderbilt fostered critical and independent thinking, endless curiosity, and confidence in my creative practice. Somehow at Vanderbilt, I managed to exist at the in-betweens; I continue to do so and keep learning about the advantages and challenges in the liminality. The Vanderbilt Art Department was the beginning of my pursuit of a sustainable creative life, and I am grateful to experience the unfolding of this journey thus far.
Assistant Curator of Photography
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington
Vanderbilt University Class of 2011
“My Studio Art minor at VU was instrumental to the ways in which I think about photography’s materiality. I believe it’s essential for art historians/critics/curators to have some experience making.”
Lauren Richman graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2011 with a B.A degree in Art History, French, and Studio Art. After her time at Vanderbilt, Lauren revcieved a Master’s Degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University in 2013, followed by her Ph.D. in Art History from SMU in 2019.
While on campus, Rachel worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant within the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. After graduation and in addition to pursuing her advanced degrees, she worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art (2012) in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 2019, Lauren accepted a position as the Assistant Curator of Photography with the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Recipient of the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award
Vanderbilt University Class of 2015
“My roles have required me to communicate visually with millions of people every day, and my education at Vanderbilt, particularly in the art department, laid the foundation for me to be successful in my career today.”
In 2015, I graduated from Vanderbilt University with majors in Studio Art and Creative Writing. After receiving the Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award, I moved to New York City where I participated in the New York Arts Practicum, a summer arts institute where participants experientially learn to bridge their lives as art students into lives as artists in the world. My art practice focused on social justice and racial inequality, which led me to travel to South Africa to research this from a global perspective.
I currently work in social media and have worked for global and national brands including AOL, The Nielsen Corporation, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Stitch Fix. My roles have required me to communicate visually with millions of people every day, and my education at Vanderbilt, particularly in the art department, laid the foundation for me to be successful in my career today.