Curator Lyrica Taylor explains the history and meaning of a handful of works featured in Biola's art exhibition for the Year of the Arts.
Lyrica Taylor is a Ph.D student at the University of Maryland studying British art with Professor William Pressly. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine, and then worked at the architecture, planning, and design firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo where she worked in their Irvine and London offices. In summer 2007, Taylor had the opportunity to intern in the International Indemnity Department and the Museum and Visual Art Departments at the National Endowment for the Arts. She received her MA in Art History from the University of Maryland in August 2008. In summer 2008, she participated in the Archaeological Investigations in the Vesuvian Region program in Castellamare di Stabiae, Italy. She also had the opportunity to intern at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, where she curated an exhibition of British watercolors for a room in the newly renovated Huntington Art Gallery devoted to changing exhibitions of works on paper. Taylor has also completed internships at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in the Department of Prints and Drawings and in the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland. She recently curated a collection of Twentieth-Century Art for Biola University's 2010-2011 Year of the Arts exhibit.