Untitled #4

Untitled #4, acrylic on Baltic birch wood panel, 10" x 10", 2013

Laura Young is a painter currently living in Iowa City, Iowa where she is recently retired from a Lecturer position in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa.  She has won numerous fellowships and awards such as a Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship (1994), two Iowa Arts Council Grants (1997 and 2001), a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship (1985), and residency fellowships including Yaddo (1995), The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2006), and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Ms. Young has exhibited her work across the United States as well as internationally in Denmark and Nigeria.  She has had one person shows at The Sioux City Art Center (IA), Monmouth College (IL), The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (IA), Interior Space Design (NY), and The Atlantic Gallery (NY).  She will have a show in 2014 at Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City. 

In addition to teaching since 1997 at the University of Iowa, Ms. Young has also taught at Montclair State University, Long Island University, Keane College, The Lincoln Center Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, and Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

Ms. Young is represented in private and corporate collections across the country and in Europe.

"My work is, in a general way, a visual response to the landscape.  These small panel paintings are a continuation of a series started in 2010 and refer back both in time and memory to the tidal fluctuations on the beaches of Cape Cod.  At low tide on the Cape one is able to walk out a mile toward the horizon, discovering along the way that each section of wet sand has been sculpted differently by the wave patterns of the receding tide.

Although I live in Iowa where the landscape is as vast as the sea, I seem to be infected with a continual yearning for that salty seascape on the east coast.  Whether the medium is pastel or paint, the horizontal structure of the landscape provides an opportunity for me to explore color relationships and process. 

It is this engagement with Process combined with Time and Memory that drives these images."

--Iowa City, 2013

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