Timothy van Laar is a visual artist and writer, producing paintings, drawings, collages, and installations that have been exhibited throughout North America and Europe.
He is Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies. He has co-authored three books and has also written numerous reviews and catalog essays. The most recent book, Artworld Prestige: Arguing Cultural Value, was published by Oxford in January 2013. Fulbright, Yaddo, the Howard Foundation, the Illinois Art Council, the Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, and the Ucross Foundation have supported his creative activities. The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Illinois State Museum, and Herman Miller are among the public and private collections that include his work. He received his MFA degree from Wayne State University in 1975; for 32 years he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was the Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Program.