Originally hailing from the rural stretches of Southern Louisiana, Laura Hetzel is the oldest of six children.
At Gallatin, Laura's concentration focuses on the intersections of visual art, language, and psychology, in which she explores foreign languages and linguistics, communication through the arts and writing, and trauma and memory studies, to name a few. Artistically, Laura enjoys film photography, painting, and experimenting with new media to construct works that explore or deconstruct concepts such as religion, society, identity, family, and the body and our relation to it. (Check out some of her work at laurahetzel.com. Her image series titled "Mother" will be exhibited in this year's upcoming Gallatin Arts Festival.)
Outside of the classroom, Laura is an art editor for West 10th, the literature and art journal of the NYU Creative Writing program, and she has previously served as an art editor for The Gallatin Review. She also works for the Tribeca-based Mudfish Magazine--a journal of poetry and art--and the super-hip Glassine Box--an online art store featuring downtown artists.
Post-Gallatin, Laura hopes to attend a Masters program in Art Therapy. She also intends to one day achieve polyglot status.
Laura is pictured here with Albert Gallatin at his birthday celebration in February!