Ligia Bouton

  • Associate Professor of Art Studio
  • Chair of Art Studio
Ligia Bouton

Ligia Bouton was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent her childhood in London, England. Recent sculptural projects have been shown at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Guildhall Art Gallery in London.

In 2016, Bouton’s work was featured in the exhibition, “Charlotte Great and Small,” celebrating the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire.

Bouton is also the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital grant as a member of the creative team for "Inheritance: A Chamber Opera", which will premiere at UC San Diego in 2018.


  • M.F.A., Rutgers University School of Arts
  • B.A., Vassar College

Happening at Mount Holyoke

Recent Campus News

Ligia Bouton, associate professor of art studio at Mount Holyoke College, has made a Greater Boston subway stop a more pleasant place to linger with “25 Variable Stars,” her art installation celebrating astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

Mount Holyoke College student Grace Sanford ’24 won the prestigious Tidal Shift Award from the Portland Museum of Art. This award recognizes young artists who have created artwork contemplating the climate crisis.

Six Mount Holyoke College faculty members have been selected as recipients of the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship. The awards will fund travel to further advance their studies, leading to increased opportunities for students.

Recent Grants

Awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship for her project, "A Time Capsule in Glass: Stella Variable and the Life of Henrietta Swan Leavitt".  Over the next 18 months she will conduct research at the Astronomical Photographic Plate Collection at the Harvard College Observatory (Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.) (May, 2020)

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