Laura Brown is a printmaker, book artist, collaborator and teacher. Currently, her work uses the vocabulary of ubiquitous construction signage as a way of investigating social and political upheaval in today's American society. She draws inspiration from everyday experience, from the most mundane and routine patterns of life.

She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has participated in residencies at the Myren Graffikk in Kristiansand, Norway; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Her work appears in collections at Yale University and the Library of Congress, among others.

Her work has been shown internationally, nationally, and locally, most recently at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN. She teaches at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and is an active member of the print collective Proof Public, which aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.

SOLO JURIED + INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2018    One Way, Wrong Way | Concordia University Gallery, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN

            New Ideas Need Old Buildings | The Minnesota Museum of American Art, MN

2017    COMING SOON! | The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

2014    Object Permanence | Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

2013    Fly Over | MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN

            Laura Brown: New Work | Copper Country Community Art Center, Hancock, MI

2012    The Twilight Zone: Recent Prints by Laura Brown | Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

2011    Laura Brown: Posters and Prints | Mitrebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    Trouble | Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2016    Paraphrase | Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

            Partial Shade | 3200 Dancy Street, Austin, TX

            HABIT | The Mom Gallery, Austin, TX

2015    Parallels | 60 Orange Street, Providence, RI

           Revolution Now | Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2014    The Here There | Some Sum Studios & Lyon Smith Gallery, Winona, MN

            The Art of the Book | Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI                 

2013    .918 Letterpress Ephemera Show | Samford University, Birmingham, AL

            Circle Works: Selected Works from Cave Paper | Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

            Trading Places | Cowles Literary Commons Gallery, Open Book, Minneapolis, MN; Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu, HI

            DIY Printmaking: Presses Not Required | Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, St. Paul, MN

            Collaborations in Printmaking | Forage Modern Workshop, Minneapolis, MN

2012    The Art of the Book | The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN; Copper Country Community Art Center, Hancock, MI

            Insolvent: A Printmaking Show | Big Table Studio, St. Paul, MN

2011    Parts of a Whole: New Work from MCBA’s Community | Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN   

2009    Examining the Fine Print | Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

2008    Map of the World Print | Mid-America Print Council Conference, Fargo, ND

2007    Midwest Sanctuary | Altered Esthetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2006    Kala Artists’ Exhibition | Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California

            Insular Origins Print Exchange and Exhibition | Mid-America Print Council Conference, Athens, OH

2005   4 Amerikanske Grafikere (4 American Printmakers) | Smia Galleri, Kristiansand, Norway

 

RESIDENCIES

2012               Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

                        Arts in Education Book Arts Grant

2010               Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2006                Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2004, 2005     Myren Graffikk, Kristiansand, Norway

 

COLLABORATIVE and COMMUNITY PROJECTS

2018    The Empathy Economy presented at Northern Spark, Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, MN

2017    Ragged Right/True Left: Typographic Language in the Landscape print production and public installation in Austin, Texas

            with artist Kristin Becker

2015    I Only Thought of the Farm chapbook design, print, and publication with Doublecross Press

2013    Life Sized Book Project: Community printmaking workshops, publication and exhibition of a “life-sized book” in collaboration with                           papermaker Bridget O’Malley and ArtShare Northeast

 

PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS and PUBLICATIONS

2015    Southern Graphics Council International Conference, Knoxville, TN

           Panel: A Creative Sphere: Artists-in-Residence

            Mid-America Print Council Journal, Fall/Winter Issue

            Ten Years Out: Lessons Learned in the Space Between College and Graduate School

 

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018-present    Instructor, Hand Papermaking and Book Arts, Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN

2014-2017       Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2015-2016       Graduate Student Mentor | Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship Program

 

WORKSHOP TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012-present    Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

                         Introduction to Relief Printmaking, Letterpress I & II, Guided Projects in Letterpress

2016                Austin Book Arts Center, Austin, TX

                         Introduction to Letterpress Printing

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017-present   Advisory Board member, Proof Public

2016-2017       Art Editor, Bat City Review | University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2011-2014        Member, Artist Co-operative | Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2010               Intern, Cave Paper | Minneapolis, MN

SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

James K. Hosmer Special Collections, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

EDUCATION

2017    Master of Fine Arts, Studio Art | University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

2004    Bachelor of Science, Studio Art |Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN