Laura Shapiro

Recently my husband and I moved to Irvine, CA from Nyack, NY in order to live closer to our son and to enjoy the great southern California weather. I have studied at NYU, the Art Students' League, NYC; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY; and the Center for Digital Storytelling, Berkley, CA.

I hold an MS in Art Education from NYU and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute, 2004. My dissertation was: “Disrupting What is Happening: Women Make Art to Transform Themselves and Their Schools.” Now retired from a long and meaningful career in education, I spend most of my time engaged with making and seeing art.

Artist Statement

I am a mixed-media artist, currently making painted cardboard collage constructions that hang unframed on the wall. The process of making these is a metaphor for how I wish to live my life - high energy, always changing, piecing parts together to make an exciting and surprising whole, going to the edge, attempting to balance strength and fragility. These pieces explore the endless expressive qualities of color, shape, edges, paint, and cardboard. Artists that inspire me include Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle, Frank Stella, the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Barbara Leoff Burge, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell.

My practice includes other media, found objects, and digital stories.

Exhibitions

  • December 2020
    The Long View, Four Artists from Women’s Art Group, The Arts Council of Rockland, NY
  • June 2019
    Hello Neighbor, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
  • March 2019
    Figurative Language, Four Artists from Women’s Art Group, Zaiken Gallery, Demerast, NJ
  • December 2018
    2 1/2, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
  • June 2018
    Lagstein Gallery, Nyack, NY
  • May 2018
    Arts Council of Rockland, Garnerville, NY
  • February 2018
    The Blues, Ridgefield Artists Guild, Ridgefield, CT
  • November 2017
    Surrender to the Small, Voltion Gallery, Orangeburg, NY
  • October 2017
    HOME, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack, NY
  • October 2017
    5@10, Solos and Duets, Barbara Leoff Burge Studio, New Paltz, NY
  • October 2016
    5@10 Barbara Leoff Burge Studio, New Paltz, NY
  • February 2016
    Gallery 66, Cold Spring, NY
  • September 2016
    Faculty Show, Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack , NY
  • October 2015
    GRID, Exhibit 23, Valley Cottage , NY (4 artists)
  • January 2015
    P. Ross, Nyack Art Collective, Nyack, NY
  • January 2015
    Gallery Art Students League, NYC
  • November 2014
    Hudson View Gardens Art Show, The Lounge, NY, NY
  • August 2014
    Three Arrows Cooperative Annual Exhibition, Putnam Valley, NY
  • March 2014
    Women in the Heights: Reflecting on Process, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, NY, NY
  • October 2013
    Bloom Readings Series “ LATE”, Digital Story, The Lounge Hudson View Gardens, NY, NY
  • August 2013
    Three Arrows Cooperative Annual Exhibition, Putnam Valley, NY
  • November 2012
    Hudson View Gardens Art Show, NY, NY
  • October 2004
    Disrupting What is Going On: Women Make Art to Transform Themselves and Their Schools, SUNY New Paltz, Multicultural Conference
  • October 1986
    Coming of Age, Women’s Studio Workshop, MASC Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Spring 1977
    Women and Anger, Women’s Co-op Gallery, Haven, CT

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