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Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre Papers

Identifier: M442


Dr. Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre's career in art and art education spans more than 30 years, beginning with design and textile crafts at several community colleges. Dr. La Pierre developed departments at those colleges dedicated to design and weaving, while she continued to develop her own craft as an exhibiting artist. Earning a Ph.D. in Education (with a focus on Curriculum Leadership) in 1987, Dr. La Pierre has since lead a number of foundations and conferences, notably one at the University of Denver in 1990, "Alternative Learning and Teaching Methods: Using the Arts As An Educational Model for High-Risk Individuals". This collection documents an extensive career spent combining the fields of art and education, beginning in the early 1970s and continuing into the 2000s. The materials included are paper documents, photographs, and recorded interviews that together document nearly all of Dr. La Pierre's career in and around Colorado.


  • 1973-2017


Biographical / Historical

Dr. Sharon Greenleaf La Pierre was raised in St. Helena, California. Her professional career began in the 1960s and continues through the 2000s, during which time she was also a working, exhibiting artist. Dr. La Pierre taught at La Jolla Progressive Elementary School, California, and then an inner-city high school in San Francisco, California, in a period spanning 1966-1970. Starting in 1971, Dr. La Pierre began to focus her work on art education, primarily fiber art and weaving, and started to work for various Colorado colleges, starting with Arapahoe Community College. From this time through to the mid-1980s, she worked at various Colorado colleges, in both administrative and classroom roles. In 1987, Dr. La Pierre published her dissertation "Spatial Imagery and Its Measurement", earning her Ph.D. in Education, and starting a postdoctorate fellowship with Montana State University, where she would work through 1988. In the 1990s, Dr. La Pierre pivoted from education to working in the private sector, using her education in design to work with, and later direct, several technology and manufacturing firms. During this period, in 1992, she published another major work "The Professional Artist's Thinking Style: An In-Depth Study", part of her work with the National Art Education Association (NAEA). From 2000 to the present, Dr. La Pierre has been Director of Administration and Operations with Look Dynamics, Inc., of Longmont, Colorado, a technology firm researching neural networks. She has also founded Red Raven Farms, a horse rescue farm that partners with numerous wildlife preservation organizations.


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Scope and Contents

The collection contains mainly research documents with personal notes, syllabi and lecture notes of classes attended and taught, and raw data collected for Dr. La Pierre's Ph.D. dissertation. Additionally, there are photgraphs, slides, and negatives of art objects, primarily Dr. La Pierre's own work, but also reference photos of Native American art, and a photo series from her cultural research trip to the People's Republic of China in 1983, with photographer Nancy Kuhl.


This collection is organized into four series: 1. Projects and Associations; 2. Research and Publications; 3. Dissertation Materials; 4. Resume and Related Materials.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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