Professor Ursula Rehn Wolfman was born in Steinfeld, Austria and educated in Germany, England, France and the United States. She received the Diplôme Supérieur from the Université de Paris (Sorbonne) in Paris in literature and philosophy and completed her graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a doctorate in French literature and art history. Her dissertation topic was ‘Ecriture/lecture: Jeu d’Espace littéraire, artistique, sculptural – Samuel Beckett – Alberto Giacometti’.
Her particular field of interest is the relationship between the arts, i.e. literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music.
As an independent scholar, she has lectured at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, at Georgetown University (as adjunct professor) and at many museums, both local and national, for the Smithsonian Associates.
She also lectures on numerous international tours for the Smithsonian Institution in France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Eastern Europe, the Baltic region and Russia.