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Born and raised in Montreal, Prof. Laura Anne Kalba appreciates good food and good books. She earned her B.A. from Concordia University, her M.A. from McGill University and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her teaching and research focus primarily on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European art, architecture and popular commercial visual culture. She has published articles on these subjects in History and Technology (2011), Representations (2012) and Modernism/Modernity (2012). In 2012, she worked as a curatorial consultant for the Smith College Museum of Art's exhibition Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City (http://www.smith.edu/bfac/flipbook/). Her book project, Color in the Age of Impressionism: Technology, Commerce, and Art, examines the impact of new color technologies on French visual and material culture, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes (1857) to the Lumière brothers' perfection of the autochrome photography process (1907).
Credit for photograph: KEVIN GUTTING, Daily Hampshire Gazette