About

Laura Christensen is an American artist living and working in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her work combines past and present, photographs and painting.

Laura Christensen’s artwork has been featured in galleries and museums, including Kidspace at MASS MoCA, Tweed Museum of Art, Bennington Museum, and Simmons College.

Laura received a Finalist Award in Photography from the 2021 Artist Fellowship Program of the Mass Cultural Council and recently won a MASS MoCA’s “Assets for Artists” Professional Development Grant. In 2016 she was awarded her second Artists’ Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, this one in support of her book project, THEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty-One Writers. 

EDUCATION

1997 M.F.A. Utah State University Logan, UT
1987 Honors B.S. Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO
1987 Honors B.A. Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Reimagined Histories Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum New Bedford, MA
2013 Bennington Museum Bennington, VT
2004 watching through windows 2 Porter Street Gallery MCLA North Adams, MA
watching through windows Contemporary Artist Center North Adams, MA
2002 Southern Vermont Arts Center Manchester, VT
1996 Excavations and Allegories Alliance for the Varied Arts Logan, UT
1990 McKinley Foundation Champaign, IL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

upcoming 2022 Complex Muses Art Complex Museum Duxbury, MA
2020 Vermont Utopias: Imagining the Future Bennington Museum Bennington, VT
2019 Five Women Artists You Should Know Gallery 51 MCLA North Adams, MA
Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region  The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, NY
unfoldingobject – the art of collage Concord Center for the Visual Arts
Concord, MA
2018 Shelter Gallery 51 MCLA North Adams, MA
Phantasmagoria Left Bank Gallery North Bennignton, VT
2017 Vintage Trustman Art Gallery Simmons College Boston, MA
So It Would Seem The Arts Center of the Capital Region Troy, NY
M.A. Doran Gallery Tulsa, OK
2016 Reimagining Grandma Moses Bennington Museum Bennington, VT
Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region MHR-80 The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, NY
2015 Bennington Museum Bennington, VT
Good Purpose Gallery Lee, MA
2014 Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center Brattleboro, VT
Written Response Requested Albany Public Library Albany, NY Curator: Judie Gilmore
Assemble Whitney Center for the Arts Pittsfield, MA
2013 Some Assembly Required Albany International Airport Albany, NY
2012 Joyce Goldstein Gallery Chatham, NY
2010 A Delectable Decade MASS MoCA North Adams, MA
2011 A Book About Death: The Ties That Bind – ABAD 23
The Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery Bay Shore, NY
2009 Relics of Futures Past Greylock Arts Adams, MA
2007 Boxed Sets: Assembling Objects, Images, and People MASS MoCA North Adams, MA
2006 Humanity: Contemporary Art of the Humane Image Gallery 51 MCLA North Adams, MA
2005 [re]Collections The Arts Center of the Capital Region Troy, NY
2002 Jenseits des Erfullungshorizonts / Beyond the Fulfillment Horizon Offenes Haus Oberwart Oberwart, Austria

AWARDS AND HONORS

2021 Mass Cultural Council 2021 Artist Fellowship Program Finalist in Photography
2019 MASS MoCA’s “Assets for Artists” Professional Development Grant
2017 Individual Artist Grant
A fund of the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
2016 Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
2011 Individual Artist Grant
A fund of the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
2007 Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Grant, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
1999 Artist Residency Anderson Ranch Arts Center Snowmass Village, CO
1994 -1996 George B. and Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Scholarship Utah State University Logan, UT

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

℅ forum artist spotlight, CARE SYLLABUS of MASS MoCA and MCLA, Fall 2021.
Saranac Review cover image and featured artist, Issue 16, 2020-2021.
Catamaran Literary Journal art feature. Vol. 9, Issue 2, Summer 2021, 59, 60, 69.
2020 Short Story Advent Calendar, Hingston & Olsen Publishing, Alberta, Canada
THEN AGAIN: Vintage Photography Reimagined by One Artist and Thirty-One Writers. This anthology was successfully funded on Kickstarter April and released in December, 2019.
Jet Fuel Review art feature. #17, Spring 2019
Jennifer Huberdeau, “Breathing life into old photographs,” The Berkshire Eagle, April 5, 2019
Amy Krzanik, “Laura Christensen’s THEN AGAIN is a Third Radiant Thing,” Rural Intelligence, April 1, 2019
Christine Poreba, “Here Then, Today,” Tupelo Quarterly, Vol. IV, TQ16, November 2018
Marjorie Thomsen, “To Float, To Breathe, To Hear (after John Cage),” Tupelo Quarterly, Vol. IV, TQ16, November 2018
Paul Park, “A la Hollandaise,” Menacing Hedge, issue 8.02, Fall 2018
Kij Johnson, “Tool-Using Mimics,” Clarkesworld, Issue 138, March 2018
Sara St. Antoine, “Arrangements in Grey and Black, Blue, Green, and Yellow,” carte blanche, Issue 31, Fall 2017
Fred McCoy, “Meet Inspiring Mixed media Artist, Laura Christensen,” Creative Fluff Magazine, September 2015
John E. Mitchell, “Christensen adds to the past in hybrid works,” North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts, December 4, 2009
John E. Mitchell, “This artist likes thinking inside the box,” North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts, June 27, 2008, A8.
Joseph Dalton, “Art & Facts,” Times Union, Albany, New York, April 24, 2005.
Bob Goepfert, “A Thrilling Collection of Memories,” The Record, Troy, New York, April 17, 2005, C1.
David Brickman, “Out of the Past,” Metroland, Albany, New York, May 26, 2005, 28.