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Laurie Shapiro

Laurie Shapiro’s large-scale, tapestry-like, mixed-media paintings are sometimes viewed on the wall and sometimes walked inside of. Fascinated by color and process, Shapiro initially builds her paintings by hand-sewing painted segments and drawn screen prints onto raw muslin, following with layers of over-painting. From afar, her pieces look like paintings, but when
viewed more closely, we can see the hand-stitching in her screen-printed drawings.


A few artists she admires are Roy De Forest, Gustav Klimt, and Kerry James Marshall. Shapiro’s holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), during which she spent a semester abroad at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2011). She lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

 

Exhibition History

Education
2012 BFA Painting, Printmaking, Installation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2011, Painting, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Residencies
2017    San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
2014    Digital Art Studio, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2012    Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2012    “Trespass,” Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Solo Exhibitions and Installations
2018    “Before You Were Born,” Radiant Space, Los Angeles, CA
2017    “Before You Were Born,” and other recent pieces, San Jose Museum of Quilts and
Textiles, San Jose, CA
2014    New Works, Studio 9, Berkeley, CA.
2012    “Lovers in the Wonderland of the Holy Innocence,” Ear Peace Records, Berkeley, CA
    “Laurie Shapiro,” Blush!, San Francisco, CA
2011    “Fran’s Karma,” Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    “The Forest of Phallies,” Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions and Installations
2017    Raise a Brush - Benefit Art Show for Ghostship Fire Relief, Lottie Rose Art Gallery, 
Oakland, CA
2016    “Tying the Knot Fundraiser,” San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
    “Wild/Mind,” Juried Art Show, Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA (Juried by George Lawson)
2015    Art Party Group Show, Sawtooth Studios, East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA
2014    “Where to From There?” Pro Arts Juried Annual, Oakland, CA (Juried by Arnold J. Kemp
    “Re.DeConstruct,” Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
2013    “East Bay Open Studios Group Show,” Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
    “Formative Amalgamation,” Rock Paper Scissors, Oakland, CA
    “Artists’ Annual,” Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2012    “Fools of Transport,” Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
    “Terms and Conditions,” Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
    “Connect Disconnect,” Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Commissions
“Replica of Oswaldo Guayasami’s Mother and Child,” Long Island, NY.
“Figures in the Windows” private commission Berlin, Germany.
“American Eagle” private commission, Dresden, Germany.
“Graffiti Monster” private commission, Florentin Hostel, TelAviv, Israel

Selection Collections
“Lovers Dance,” permanent collection, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
“Yellow Cave,” public installation, San Francisco, CA
“Stranger,” public display, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
“Folsom Street Fair,” private collection, Oakland CA
“Trees in the Wonderland of the Holy Innocence,” private collection, Sausalito, CA
“Homeless People and Dancing Bird Children,” private collection, Pittsburgh, PA
“Melodie,” private collection, Long Island, NY

Honors and Awards
2012    Wickerman art grant recipient, Four Quarters Farm, PA
    SURGE grant recipient, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University
2011    Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University
2010    Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University

Selected Press
Voyage LA - 2018
Art and Cake LA - 2018
Artillery Magazine - 2018
LA Magazine - 2018
Fiber Art Now (print) - Summer 2017
Metroactive - 2017
Silicon Valley DeBug - 201