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.


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