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Laura Sims Peck

Operations Manager
Center for Design and Material Culture
Office 1235E
“The spirit of a culture is revealed through the artistic expression of its people.” –Joan Hill (Chea-se-quah), Muscogee Creek

My professional and research interests have revolved around object collecting, particularly fine art. My graduate research focused on Christian icons and their collecting history in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, and my professional work has been with private art collectors on the management and exhibiting of their objects. This culminated in the creation of The Warehouse, a private art museum in Milwaukee, where I served as Curator. Throughout my career I have held a deep appreciation for art objects and the stories behind their creation and collecting, and strive to make museums and cultural repositories accessible learning environments for all. The Center for Design and Material Culture within SoHE is an incredible opportunity for students and the community at large to engage with objects in new and unexpected ways while fostering collaboration and experimentation. I am so glad to be a part of this center and the SoHE community.


MA, Art History
Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies
BA, Anthropology & Art History

Personal Website


Laura JL Sims, Reflections on a Collection: Revisiting the UWM Icons Fifty Years Later (2015). UWM Digital Commons.

Laura JL Sims, catalogue entry, Global Matters: Rauschenberg Print Media 1968—1975 at UWM Art History Gallery, April 22—May 9, 2015.

Carve, Cast, and Coil: International Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, curator, The Warehouse (2019)

Concentrations, curator, The Warehouse (2018-2019)

Sneak Peek: A look at Private Collections, co-curator, Union Art Gallery (2017)

Reflections on a Collection: Revisiting the UWM Icons Fifty Years Later, curator, Art History Gallery (2015)