ARTS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FACULTY
Karol A. Lawson
Director of the Art Collection and Galleries, and the Sweet Briar Museum
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management
Acting Director of the Arts Management Program
Karol Lawson earned a B.A. in art history and anthropology from Sweet Briar College and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from the University of Virginia. She has been an art museum curator and administrator for 25 years. In addition to advanced academic training in 18th and 19th-century American art, she has experience in anthropological museums and archaeological field work and has dealt with collections covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Her career began at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art. Lawson subsequently served as chief curator and director of collections at The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia, and as director of The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the recipient of individual scholarly grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, and the Huntington Library and Art Collections, and has been instrumental in securing grants for collections care and museum outreach from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and from regional and national foundations. She has been a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums accreditation and museum assessment programs since 1995 and served as chair of the Museum Committee of the College Art Association 2011-13. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has over 15 years cumulative experience teaching art history and museum studies at the undergraduate level and also publishes and speaks at professional conferences at the national level on legal and ethical issues with regard to the management of museum collections
Assistant Professor of Arts Management
Babcock Season Manager
Natalie Szabo recently graduated from the Florida State University College of Music with her doctorate in clarinet performance and a specialization in arts administration. Dr. Szabo is a Chicago native and before moving to Florida for school she was a regular member of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Mode Ensemble, and Tomorrow Music Orchestra. She was an adjunct faculty member at Elgin Community College teaching clarinet and saxophone, in addition to serving as the music conservatory coordinator. She simultaneously worked as the full-time orchestra director at Carl Schurz High School in the Chicago public school system, where she also acted as a CPS district arts liaison.
In 2006, Szabo earned her Bachelor’s degree while studying music education and clarinet performance at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. In 2008, she received her Master’s degree in clarinet performance and ethnomusicology from the Florida State University College of Music.
Before coming to Sweet Briar, Szabo was the woodwind and chamber music coach for the Tallahassee Youth Symphony. She was also the front of house manager at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, a recently renovated state-of-the-art performance hall on FSU’s Tallahassee campus. While at FSU, she also held an assistantship with the FSU College of Music’s office of community engagement. She has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony, the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony, the DuPage Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Gulf Coast Sinfonietta, the National Panama Symphony and the Kishwaukee Symphony. Szabo has performed throughout the United States and international locations including Panama, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and Canada.