Biography

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After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 with a BA in Arts/Music Business, Lauren returned to her roots in Milwaukee in 2013. Her interest in contemporary abstract and geometric art started in 2008 with a hard-edge assignment during a high school painting class. Her Golden acrylic paint, 3M blue painter’s tape, and a quilting ruler serve as her most preferred tools. 

Lauren landed her first solo exhibit in in 2013 in Chicago and her art-making progressed from there. Greeted with a thriving arts community upon her homecoming to Milwaukee, she's gained exposure in the local market, showing her artwork at bars, boutiques, and galleries. As Lauren’s goals have accelerated toward a full-time career, Lauren spends her free time painting as a creative and therapeutic outlet in which art exists as a “side gig” - for now.

Lauren will receive her MA in Art Education/Community Arts at Eastern Illinois University in December 2019, which will support her endeavor to build community and equity through art.


Artist Statement

Conceptualism is somewhat irrelevant to me as an artist. I don’t have a profoundly deep message behind every brushstroke, but rather a desire to channel perfectionism and recognize the often-overlooked details that surround us. My approach is calculated to achieve visual rhythm and linear patterns that trick the eye. I aim for each painting to appear it has been digitally produced – this is the driving force behind spending 50+ hours fine-tuning each painting. My T-square, painter’s tape, and quilting ruler are my most cherished tools for precision. Most of my designs are improvised – I create what my hand decides to draw, using inspiration from the geometry I see every day.


Education

Master of Arts – Art Education; Concentration: Community Arts

Eastern Illinois University, 2017–2019

Relevant coursework: Foundations of Art Education; Research Methods in Art Education; Individualized Study in Art Education; Artistic Development: Contemporary Perspectives on Artistic Learning from Birth through Adulthood; Curriculum Design & Assessment in Art Education; Art, Culture, & Community: Alternative Sites for Art Education; Creative Technology in Art Education; Navigating the Virtual Museum

Bachelor of Arts – Arts, Entertainment, & Media Management; Concentration: Music Business

Columbia College Chicago, 2009–2012

Relevant coursework: Introduction to Management; Managerial Economics; Finance; Accounting I; Writing & Rhetoric I & II; Writing for Managers; Computer Uses for Managers; Leadership & Entrepreneurship; Introduction to Marketing the Arts; Applied Marketing: Recording Industry; Legal Aspects of Art and Entertainment; Music Publishing; The Press, Consumers, and the Music Business; Decision Making: Music Business Management; New Millennium Studies


Professional Experience

Marketing Intern, Schubas Tavern & Lincoln Hall

Chicago, IL | June 2011 - August 2012

Copywriting Intern, Flavorpill

Chicago, IL | May 2011 - June 2012

Retail Associate, House of Blues

Chicago, IL | August 2011 - May 2012

Distribution Intern, Thrill Jockey Records

Chicago, IL | January 2012 - April 2012

Editorial Intern, ALARM Press

Chicago, IL | May 2011 - December 2011

Visitor Services Representative, Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee, WI | June 2007 - December 2010

Program Manager, ArtWorks for Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI | August 2018 - present

Teaching Artist, Artists Working in Education

Milwaukee, WI | February 2018 - August 2018

Behavioral Technician, Caravel Autism Health

Milwaukee, WI | January 2017 - November 2017

Office Manager/Executive Assistant, The License Lab

Milwaukee, WI | September 2013 - December 2016

Visitor Services Representative, Museum of Contemporary Art

Chicago, IL | May 2010 - August 2013

Rights Management and Music Publishing Intern, Music Dealers

Chicago, IL | September 2012 - November 2012

Publicity Intern, Western Publicity

Chicago, IL | September 2012 - November 2012


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Exhibits, Shows, & Events

August 2016: Fitz and Friends @ The Seeboth, Milwaukee WI

July 2016: Gallery Night Solo Exhibit @ Echelon Apartments at Innovation Campus, Milwaukee, WI

June 2016: Prime 8 Art League 5th Annual Charity Gala @ Moonlight Studios, Chicago, IL

August 2015 - June 2016: Echelon Apartments at Innovation Campus, Milwaukee, WI

July - August 2015: Kerplexia Solo Exhibit @ Hot Pop, Milwaukee, WI

June 2015: Prime 8 Art League 4th Annual Charity Gala @ Threadless HQ, Chicago, IL

April 2015: RAW Artists Presents EXPOSURE Multimedia Showcase @ The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI

October 2014: America SCORES Inspired Art Fundraiser @ Milwaukee Public Market, Milwaukee, WI

June 2014 - December 2014: Sparrow Collective, Milwaukee, WI

March 2014: Rogues Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

October 2013 - January 2014: The Waxwing, Milwaukee, WI

July - August 2013: Onyx Solo Exhibit @ Ugly Step Sister Art Gallery, Chicago, IL

April 2013: Digital Gnosis Multimedia Event @ The Den Theatre, Chicago, IL

January 2013 - June 2013: Sacred Art, Chicago, IL 

November 2012 - Dose Market @ River East Art Center, Chicago, IL


Research & Publications

February 2019, Master’s capstone paper: “Moving Towards Equity and Inclusivity in Art Museum Programming for Neurodiverse Communities

November 2018: teaching philosophy

October 2018, Master’s research paper: “Progressive Education & the Implications for the Future

January 2018, Master’s sample curriculum plan: “The Bright Side of Conflict

November 2017, Master’s research paper: “Artistic Development in the Portrayal of Bullying from Kindergarten to Young Adult Art Learners

November 2016, blog article: Maker's Living - "Perfectionism As a Virtue"

April 2012, undergrad research paper: “The Role of Music in Film