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Laura Elkins


1974      BS Arch Univerisity of Virginia
1973      Polytechnic Central London School of Environmental Studies  London England
1970      Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar VA


Selected Publications

Summer in the City monograph (Enlightening Publishers, 2015)
Dreams and Secrets Finding Art in Argentina and Uruguay (Art Papers, May/June 2000)


Selected Public Art Installations
2010    CALL ME  Pyramid Atlantic  Silver Spring  MD
2008    CALL ME   Art on the Trail    Gwynns Falls Trail    Baltimore  MD
2006    The Sky Is Falling  Warehouse Gallery and 20 Ninth Street NE  Washington DC


Selected Private Home+Public Art Projects

2005     Cajun Christmas     Washington DC  (project to benefit Louisiana artists after Hurricane Katrina)    
2005     What Madness     Washington DC
2002-3  Holiday Decs    Washington DC
1993     Why There Are No Great Women Artists: The Children’s Room   Natchitoches LA


Grants and Residencies
2020   Vermont Studio Center (Artist’s Grant) Johnson VT (Covid postponed)
2020   Escape to Create Residency Seaside FL
2015   Santa Fe Art Institute Immigration/Emigration Residency
2008   Forsyth Fellowship Residency Virginia Center for Creative Arts  Amherst VA
1998   Mourning Becomes Electra Residency with The Builder’s Association Shreveport Regional Arts LA
1993   Why There Are No Great Women Artists: The Children's Room
(funded by NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) Natchitoches LA


Selected Exhibitions

2023    I Sing the Body Electric  Jane's Room and PRZ New York NY

2023    You Don't Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows  Empty Circle Brooklyn NY

2022    It’s a Colorful Life NAWA Flushing Bank Brooklyn NY
2022     Collar Works Flat Files Troy NY
2022     Drawing in All Mediums Site: Brooklyn (Ashton Cooper, curator)

2022    35th Anniversary Exhibition  Space One Eleven  Birmingham AL
2022    Upstate Art Weekend Open Studio Accord NY

2022    Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition  Cooper Gallery University of Dundee

2022    Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition  Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge

2021    Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibition  London
2021    HEROINEITY: Laura Elkins, Karen Finley, Katya Grokhovsky, Suzanne Lacy&Andrea Bowers, Cindy Sherman, Martha Wilson
           Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University  Willimantic
2018    America Selfie  39th Street Gallery  Brentwood MD
2018    What Feminism Looks Like, a Nasty Women exhibition to benefit Planned Parenthood

2018     The One House Project Art Watching Collective Black Rock Center  Germantown MD

2017    The One House Project  Art Watch Collective Touchstone Gallery  Washington DC

2017    She Works Hard for the Money Federal Project #2 (Joanna Lehan, curator)
2017    America Selfie  Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College  University of MS
2017    Portraits of US  Montpelier Arts Center  Laurel MD
2017    Film-Makers’ Coop Benefit Auction  Next to Nothing  New York NY (Coleen Fitzgibbon, curator)
2017    A Womb with a View  Inner Space  Jersey City NJ (the Vagilante, curator)
2016    United in Passion and Pride  39th Street Gallery  Brentwood MD
2016    Starry Night  DC Arts Center  Washington DC (Thomas Drymon, curator)  
2016    Summer in the City monograph signing/exhibition Square Books Oxford MS
2015    First, She's a Lady  Tikhonova&Wintner Fine Art  New York NY
2014    Studio Montclair Viewpoints 2014  Aljira Contemporary art Center Newark NJ (Sue Scott, curator)
2014    Fabrications:  Constructing Female Identity  Dixon Place  New York NY  (Yulia Tikhonova, curator)
2013    Stories We Tell  Phoenix Gallery  New York NY (Jessica Porter, curator)
2013    Homage to Michelle  the Fridge  Washington DC
2012    Packin' Heat Talkin' Dirty  the Fridge  Washington DC    
2012    WBAI Art Auction  Steven Kasher Gallery  New York  NY (Jim Wintner, curator)
2012    Empowered   Marlboro Gallery  Prince George's Community College (John Anderson, curator)
2012     Nineteen Ways of Looking at a Painting  Porch Projects  Washington DC        
2012    King Me  the Fridge  Washington DC (Adam Dwight, curator)
2011    Eccentric Portraits  Kleinert/James Arts Center Woodstock NY(N.Azara, S.Leonard Wolf, curators)
2011    DCwRAP  Ground Floor Workshop  Brooklyn NY
2011    White House Negligee   the Fridge   Washington DC
2010    PooL Art Fair   New York NY   (Marion Callis, curator)
2010    Unbearable    Studio B   Washington DC  (Thomas Drymon, curator)
2010    MCF_A on Bond  New York  NY (Marion Callis, curator)
2010    Found on Facebook   Manhattanville College Art Gallery   Purchase  NY (Charles McGill, curator)
2009    First Response    Pen and Brush   New York NY  (Jerelle Kraus, curator)
2009    Selections from Hillary on Vacation   Sweet Briar College   Sweet Briar VA
2009    The First Ladies & Me   Sixth & I Synagogue   Washington DC   
2009    Selections from HOMEwRAP   sponsored by the ACLU   Washington DC
2008    Learn Promote Defend  Mason Murer Fine Art   Atlanta GA
2008    Wrestling Angels   ISCP Gallery  Brooklyn  NY  (Marion Callis, curator)
2007    7th Krasnoyrsk Museum Biennale   Krasnoyrsk, Siberia  (Yulia Tikhonova, curator)
2006    Bearings: the Female Figure   PS 122   New York NY  (Allen Frame, curator)
2004    Transfiguration   Akus Gallery ECSU Willimantic CT
2003    Warehouse Gallery  Washington DC
2001    Signal 66    Washington DC
1998    Selections from MOM and POP   Tower Gallery   Shreveport LA
1996    Turner Art Center   Centenary College   Shreveport LA
1994    Domestic Dilemmas     Space One Eleven    Birmingham AL
1994    Tate Gallery   University of Georgia   Athens GA
1993    Mu-Terem Gallery     Budapest Hungary  (Allen Frame, curator)
1993    Delta Axis    New York NY  (Allen Frame, curator)
1986    The Fine Art of Making Money Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (Ivan Chermayeff, curator)
1985    Paul Robeson Cultural Center    Pennsylvania State University PA
1984    Westbeth Gallery    New York NY
1984    Abyssinian Baptist Church    New York NY
1984    New York Academy of Arts   New York NY
1980    Betty Parsons  Gallery    New York NY


Selected Press
2020    Escape to Create  Seaside Times
2018    Rachel Cain Vibrantly colorful art addresses social issues The Sentinel  January 10

2017    Steven Gagliano  Laura Elkins Brings Evocative "America Selfie" Exhibit To UM Honors College June 28

2017    Andy Belt  Artwork speaks to politics and American Culture The Oxford Eagle  August 27
2017   Jacqueline Knirnschild Honors College Art Installation  The Daily Mississippian  August 23
2016    Mark Jenkins Spins on ‘The Starry Night,’ from critical to cheeky Washington Post  May 20
2015    Jason T Borbet  Price Ranges and Studio Images of 20 Contemporary Artists  Forbes  August 12
2015     Mark Jenkins  Portraits of the Self as Other  Washington Post  January 16
2013    The Fridge Presents: Laura Elkins' Homage to Michelle  East City Art  January 9    
2012    Joanna Castle Miller  Ultra and Elkins:  DC Faces at the Fridge  We Love DC  October 19
2012    Rebecca Baird-Remba  Two Solo Shows Roll Call  October 19  
2012    Michael O'Sullivan  Gallery Opening of the Week  Washington Post  October 5
2012    Brightest Young Things  Fall/Winter Fine Art Guide  October
2012    Eric Hope  19 Ways of Looking at a Painting at Porch Projects  East City Art August 17
2012    KING ME: Studies in the Uncivilized Word 2 First Ladies Smooching  Huffington Post March 1
2012    Joanna Castle Miller  King Me:  An Interview with Laura Elkins   We Love DC  March 21
2012    East City Art  King Me:  Studies in the Uncivilized World  February
2011    Ben Valentine  Laura Elkins at Ground Floor Workshop   Contemporary Art Truck    April 23
2011    Leah Taylor  Laura Elkins:DCwRAP   Flavorpill  April 15
2011    Courtney Boyd Myers   Laura Elkins DCwRAP@ Ground Floor Workshop   courtbean  April 15
2011    Megan Skidmore  Brooklyn's Coolest Art Space:  Laura Elkins at Ground Floor Workshop  4/15
2011    DCwRAP  ArtCat   April
2011    Thomas Drymon  Q&A with a First Lady  Thomas Drymon Selects   January 25
2011     Maura Judkis    White House Negligee      TBD      January 10
2011     Laura Elkins:  White House Negligee @ The Fridge    Brightest Young Things     January 8
2011    Michael O'Sullivan White House Negligee: Gallery Opening of the Week Washington Post Jan 6  
2011    Laura McKenzie   White House Negligee     The Washingtonian,  January 6
2010    Artnet News  Found on Facebook   January 27
2009    Liisa Rajala  Reframing Images of the First Ladies   Roll Call, April 13
2009    Lavanya Ramanathan   Style on the Go  Washington Post, March 26
2008    ArtCal  October
2008    Joel Withrow  Flavorpill, October 16
2006    Charlie Finch World of Women   Artnet   April 4
2006    Cassandra Langer Smoke and Mirrors: Reevaluating the Body in Art  Bearings exhibition

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