Tola Porter

Graduate Student, PhD

Tola Porter is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History & Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Her research focuses on modern public sculpture from the mid-to-late twentieth century. She defended her dissertation, entitled Modernism as Public Art: Awakening Social Agency in Abstract Public Sculpture, 1950-1980, in September 2021. Tola is a board member and Archivist/Historian for Public Art Dialogue and is the co-chair for Public Art Dialogue’s 2022 CAA session entitled “Notions of Value in Public Art.”

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1189
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63136-4899

research interests:

  • twentieth-century modern sculpture
  • public art
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