Laura Baptiste

Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Blog Posts

  • Close up of Old Maid's Puzzle quilt
    The Graphic Appeal of Amish Quilts 
    Celebrating National Quilting Day with a gift of Amish quilts
  • An installation photograph inside the renwick gallery.
    Lauren Fensterstock in Focus: Finding Inspiration in the End of the World
    New artwork explores how weather and celestial activity have been used as metaphor
  • A photograph of a house with a white fence at night.
    Dawoud Bey Photographs in Focus: Underground Railroad Sites
    Dawoud Bey’s metaphorical photographs of Underground Railroad sites in Ohio turn scenes of darkness into symbols of hope
  • Splash Image - Betsy Broun’s Vision: An Appreciation
    Betsy Broun’s Vision: An Appreciation
    I have worked my entire professional life knowing only one boss, Betsy Broun. She retired yesterday after nearly 30 years at the helm of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. So I've been taking stock of her vision for the museum and how the ways we connect with people to tell stories of art in a citizen democracy are tied to her ideas about American art and contemporary society.
  • Splash Image - Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Award
    Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins the 2014 James Dicke Contemporary Artist Award
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to announce that Njideka Akunyili Crosby is the 2014 winner of our biennial James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Akunyili Crosby was selected by an independent panel of jurors who wrote in their decision, "Her bold yet intimate paintings are among the most visually, conceptually, and technically exciting work being made today."
  • Blog Image 259 - In Memoriam: Sam Maloof (1916-2009)
    In Memoriam: Sam Maloof (19162009)
    There was something about Sam Maloof that makes him stick with you. It wasn't just that he was kind and generous; there was an energy about him that was truly inspiring.
  • A painting of the Grand Canyon
    Picture This: Morans on the Move
    Staff at the museum have been working all week to carefully orchestrate moving a suite of monumental landscape paintings by Thomas Moran out of the Grand Salon at the museum's Renwick Gallery to our main building in the Penn Quarter neighborhood.
  • Blog Image 500 - Paik for Everyone
    Paik for Everyone
    Laura had the great fortune to talk about Paik and the Archive with one of the world’s leading experts on Paik, John G. Hanhardt, who is the Museum’s consulting senior curator of film and media art.