Carolyn Lucarelli

Curator of Visual Resources


215 Borland Building
(814) 865-2062


  • M.A. in art history (Dartmouth College)
  • B.A. in art history (Columbia University)
  • A.A. in art (Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York)


Carolyn Lucarelli has worked in the Visual Resources Centre since 1998, first as assistant curator, and as curator since 2003. Before coming to Penn State, she was assistant museum librarian in the Photograph and Slide Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and assistant curator of visual resources in the Department of Art History at Dartmouth College. Her M.A. thesis was titled “Between Matter and Spirit: The Art of Betye Saar.” Ms. Lucarelli is an active member of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), where she serves on the Education Committee. She received two VRA Travel Awards in 2000 and 2004, and was the recipient of a 2005 Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Staff Award for Outstanding Service. In 2013, she was selected to join the Board of Directors of the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), and served a two-year term in the position of secretary. She is currently representing the VRAF as a Curriculum Specialist for the Summer Educational Institute (SEI) for Visual Resources and Image Management, a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the VRAF.