Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, Lauren received a BFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She returned to Cleveland, Ohio in 2013 to pursue my artistic career after living in Minneapolis, MN for close to seven years. She now lives and works in a former electric car-manufacturing factory in Lakewood, Ohio.
Lauren’s practice is three-fold: she makes pottery, sculpture, and public art. Within each of these practices, she uses concept and craft to create a transformative experience for her audience. Her most recent public art project is currently installed at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA.
Lauren worked with students and faculty at the plastics fabrication laboratory on campus to design and fabricate a site-specific public art piece entitled Colorwalk. Other recent public art projects include Common Energy for Cleveland Public Library’s See Also program and Trichromic at Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus.
While living in Minnesota she received several grants and fellowships to expand her artistic practice and work on large-scale projects, including the MCAD Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant. Lauren was a CPAC 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, which she utilized to expand upon her sculpture and public art practice.
In the last few years, Lauren has exhibited her work in several solo two and three-person exhibitions including SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta, and most recently, Gallery W at the American Greetings Headquarters in Westlake. Lauren also shows sculptures at Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine.
Lauren has participated in several residencies and workshops around the country and internationally, including leading a two-week residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine and attending a month-long residency at Da Wang Cultural Center near Jingdezhen, China.