Laura Vookles
Founder and President, Dovetail Design Strategists

Laura Vookles is Chair of the Curatorial Department at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, where she has worked in various capacities since 1985. She has curated and written for numerous publications, including Derrick Adams: Buoyant (Hudson River Museum, 2020), The Color of the Moon: Lunar Paintings in American Art (Fordham University Press | Hudson River Museum, 2019), Wyeth Wonderland: Josephine Douet Envisions Andrew Wyeth’s World (Hudson River Museum, 2017), The Panoramic River: The Hudson and The Thames (Hudson River Museum, 2013), Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth (Hudson River Museum, 2010), Dutch New York: the Roots of Hudson Valley Culture (Fordham University Press | Hudson River Museum, 2009), and Westchester: The American Suburb (Fordham University Press | Hudson River Museum, 2006). Vookles has completed numerous successful furnishing, conservation, and interpretation projects for Glenview, the Museum’s 1877 Hudson River home on the National Register of Historic Places. She was a critical team member of a $2.1 million restoration project completed in 1999, which furnished the Parlor and reopened it as a period room for the first time, as well as uncovering and restoring a magnificent painted glass laylight over the grand staircase. This project received awards from the National Victorian Society in America Award and the Victorian Society Award, Metropolitan Chapter. In 2019, Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers, a Samuel H. Kress project under her curatorial direction at HRM, received the Engaging Communities Award of Merit from the Museum Association of New York. She holds a Masters in Art History from Boston University and a BA in Art History from the University of Virginia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Historical Society and has served on the Board of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network.


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