Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Double Major: Art History and Public Relations

Development Communications Intern Lee LaPlaca in front of "Manhattan" by George Grosz (1946)

What’s your favorite work of art in the Harn?

My favorite work of art is George Grosz’s Manhattan (1946) from the Harn’s Modern Collection. I was born in Manhattan, so I have always felt a personal connection. Grosz’s distressed painting uses an exciting perspective to depict the city’s iconic landmarks. He captures New York City’s dynamic energy and spirit in a way that resonates with some of my earliest memories.

What’s something you like to do for fun in your free time?

When I’m not at the Harn, I enjoy reading and creating art. Whether it’s painting, poetry or pottery, most of my free time is dedicated to refining my artistic skills.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The book exposes some surprising truths about pre-Columbian life revealed through new scholarship and scientific discoveries.

How has the Harn impacted your career aspirations?

I’ve always loved to write about art and being a Harn intern affirmed it as a career. I get the rare opportunity to learn about art through in-depth research and share my work with a large audience. This internship has motivated me to pursue museum communications in the future.

What’s a new skill that you’ve learned at the Harn?

As a Harn intern, I’ve refined my research and writing skills by creating features for the museum’s monthly e-newsletter.


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