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About the work

We act as antennas sensing the world, absorbing ever-shifting experiences with the weight and substance of a human body’s gravitational presence. How do we glean information and make meaning?

Familiar becomes unfamiliar; humorous becomes pathetic. I hitch painting to a two way process--the reception, construction and transformation of images into abstractions and abstractions transformed into images. The process is embodied in paint and other substances that impose resistances, obstructions, turns, flows. I pay attention to how these shifts redirect me to new possibilities. My body and the materials wrestle and collaborate to reconfigure something into another thing that is unpredictable and surprising--sometimes awkwardly funny but also present and true to material and self. 

The process is a flow of static trying to dial into a clear signal and visa versa. 

Some of the projects depict fictive canvas on real canvas, a doubling of the object we call a painting. The painted wrinkles are reflexive depictions of the actual wrinkles of the canvas before it is stretched, alluding to “as is” in material and process. The painting ground becomes a shallow undulating field on which imagery culled from pop culture and the history of painting interact. The canvas ground of the paintings function as a stand in for the mind –a mind in thought as well as the mind before those thoughts appear.



Associate Professor, Head, Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa

Laurel Farrin received a B.F.A. from Ohio University-Athens and an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland. She was an artist-in-residence at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM;  Yaddo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, both in New York; and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Farrin received an individual artist grant from the Washington, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Exhibitions include Lesley Heller Gallery; NY, NY; Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; The Bronx River Art Center; The Albany International Airport; Carroll Square Gallery, Wash. DC; Roswell Museum and Art Center; the Des Moines (Iowa) Art Center; the Florida Center for Contemporary Art in Tampa; Spaces in Cleveland, Ohio; Anton Gallery; the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Washington Project for the Arts, in Washington, D.C.


 Curriculum Vitae


Business Address:                      School of Art and Art History

                                                            Art Building West

                                                            Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone:                                      319-321-8710 cell



Educational and Professional History

  1.  Higher Education:

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1990-1993, painting, M.F.A. 1993

Ohio University, Athens, OH, printmaking, B.F.A.


  1.  Professional and Academic Positions:

Associate Professor, 1998-present, University of Iowa

Visiting Assistant Professor, 1997-1998, University of Iowa

Lecturer, 1996, University of Maryland


4. Exhibitions

Curatorial projects:

2011                 Head Case, Leslie Heller Workspace, NY, NY

Solo Exhibitions:

2015                 Back Alley, Creen Chalk Contemporary, Monteray, CA

2014 RYG, Unity Gallery, MUM, Fairfield, IA

2012                 Extractors, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA

2009                 As Is, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck, MI

2008                 Laurel Farrin, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2007                 X Ray, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, X-Ray,  Chatham, NY

                        Miss Mash, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, IA

2006                 Admit One, HallwallsBuffalo, NY, catalog

2003                 Presence In Absence,  Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA,

2002                 Anton Gallery, Washington DC

2000                 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC

1998                 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC

                        Linked/Longing, School 33, sculpture installation, Baltimore, MD

1997                 Anton Gallery, Washington, DC

                        Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

                        Listen, George Washington University, outdoors site-specific sculpture installation,DC 

1996                 Seek, Installation, Spaces, Cleveland, OH

                        Small Works, Unity Gallery, Fairfield, IA

1995                 Fall Solos, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

                        Laurel Farrin, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017                 Hecho en Tránsito / Made in Transit: A U.S. - Cuban Art Exchange and Intercultural Dialogue                         Spring, Instituto     Superior del Arte, Havana, Cuba

2016                 Exchange Rates, Made art, Bushwick expo, NYC

                        2016 Auction, (invitational ) Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Omaha NE

2015                 Art and Environment, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

2014                 Subject Matters, Ildiko Butler Gallery, curated by David Storey, Fordham U. NY,NY

Higher Learning, curated by Dannielle Tegeder, CUNY Lehman College Office 009

(Traveled Hamilton College)

FIZZ, Laurel Farrin, Jim Shrosbree, Cattich Gallery, St Ambrose, Davenport, IA

                        Laurel Farrin, FATBOY Review, Issue #12 online journal, Manchester, UK

2013                 GCC1, Green Chalk Contemporary, Monteray, CA

                        The Artist's Way, Carl Cherry Center, Carmel, CA, catalog

2012                 Six Pack:WorkingAbs, Illeges Gallery, CSU, Columbia , GA

                        Tell Me a Story, Current, at Edelman, NY,NY

                        Transcendental Vision, Sand City Art Center, Sand City, CA

                         App*Rope*Ri*8, Anderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

2010                 Iowa Artists, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, catalog

2009                 Analogism, installation, Anton Gallery, Pacific Grove, CA

2008                 Large Paintings, Icon Contemporary Art, Fairfield, IA                                  

2007                 Groupings, Carrol Square Gallery, Washington DC

                         Sly, Bronx River Arts Center, NYC,NY

                        No Representation, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC

                        40th RAIR Anniversary Exhibition, Roswell museum and Art Center, Roswell , NM

                        WPA/Corcoran Benefit Auction 07, Invitational, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Wash, DC


2006                 Heart of DC, Wilson Building Project, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Wash. DC

                        Benefit 06, Invitational, Lower East Side Printshop, NY,NY  

                        Small Works, NYU, 80 East Washington Square Gallery, Jack Shainman, Juror, NYC,NY

                        Der Blau Maur, Anton Gallery@The Hawthorne Mansion, Monteray, CA

                        WPA Corcoran Auction,invitational, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC


2004                 Albany International Airport Gallery, Millay Colony, 30 Year s in the Studio,

                        juried by Linda Shearer,  Curator, Williams College Museum of Art, Albany, NY


2003                 Steven Vail Gallery, Holiday, Des Moines, IA

                         New American Painting, Mid Atlantic Edition, Exhibition in Print

2002                 57 N St., Surfacing,  curated by J.W. Mahoney, Washington, DC

                        Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Summer Triennial,  Cedar Rapids, IA

                        Kentler International Drawing Center, Small Works on Paper, Brooklyn, NY


2001                 Anton Gallery, Love , Washington DC

                        Barbara Crawford Art Gallery, 9/11/01, Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA


2000                  Roper Gallery, Traces, Frostburg State,  Frostburg,MD

                         Anton Gallery, Group Show,  Washington, DC


1999                 Boyden Gallery, Reclamation,  St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD

                        Des Moines Art Center Iowa Artists 1999, juror, Janet Kardon,  Des Moines, IA,

                        Baumgartner Galleries, Jolt,  Washington, DC

                        Anton Gallery, Textures,  Washington DC

                        District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Awards Exhibition,



1998                  The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Art Sites’98,  Curated by Terry Sultan

                         Anton Gallery, Painted Objects, Washington, DC

                         Washington Project for the Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 21st Anniversary Art Auction,                            (juried) Washington, DC

                         Art Museum, University of Iowa Faculty Show, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


1997                 College of Santa Fe Art Gallery, Sculpture Project,  curated by Stuart Ashman, Director,                                    Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM                       

                         Anton Gallery, Verticals,  Washington, DC

                         Georgetown Park, Images of Eden, Washington, DC; catalog


1996                 College of Santa Fe Arts Gallery, Maximum Drawings  (juried)Santa Fe, NM

                         The Art Gallery, Cross Currents 96: Reclamation, curated by James Mahoney University of                              Maryland, College Park, MD

                        Anton Gallery, Land, Sky, Body, Spirit; Washington, DC

                        Maryland Art Place, Critics in Residence; (juried) Baltimore, MD


1995                 W.P.A Auction, Three Visions;  Washington, DC

                        Sphinx Club, Teen AIDS Art Auction,  Washington, DC

                        Salve Regina Hall, Catholic University, Aspects of Washington Painting , curated by John                                 Figura, Washington, DC

                         Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Beckman, Farrin, Girder-Engler,  Tampa, FL


1994                 School 33, Migration: Dana, Farrin, Murry;   (juried)Baltimore, MD

                        Mill River Gallery, 7 Collaborations,  Ellicott City, MD

                        Maryland Art Place, Catholic Girls ,( juried)Baltimore, MD


1993                 Emerson Gallery, Mclean Project for the Arts, Legend;  Mclean, VA 



5. Published Reviews:

Tova Carlin,  Medium Cool, Time Out NY,  June 19-25, 2008 issue 664

Haber, John, Laurel Farrin,  Artillery , Sept/Oct. 2008, vol 3, issue 1

Dawson, Jessica, The Right Ingredients for a Sweet Experience The Washington Post,1/04/08, pg.CO2

Huntington, Richard “Just an Illusion”, Buffalo News , 5/19/06

Chapman, Cindy Cullen, “State of the Art”, Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 21, 2002

Colazzi, Vincenzo, Printmaking Jam, The Washington Review, Feb/March, 2001

Mahoney, J.W., “Speakeasy,” New Art Examiner, Mar. 1999, pg. 16-17

Protzman, Ferdinand, “Jolt at Baumgartner,” The Washington Post, Jan. 7, 1999

Wall, Donna Dorian, “The Glory of Gold,” Southeast Folio, Southern Accents, 1999

 “New Art Exhibit  at SMC”The Enterprise, Lexington Park, MD

Howell, George, “Reviews,” Art Papers, Jan. 1998

Protzman, Ferdinand,Paint Necessarily So,” The Washington Post, Sept.11, 1997

Riley, Michael,Laurel Farrin,Roswell Museum and Art Center, Quarterly Bulletin Vol. 45, No. 2 and 3, 1997

Schulkind, Rima, “Critics Roundtable,” KOAN, vol. VI,  No. 1, Sept. 1997

Summers, Suzanne, “Reviews,Articulate; Jan.- Feb. 1996

Banks, Anne,Art Reviews,” Washington Review, Dec.-Jan. 1995

Johnson, Linda,Reviews,” Articulate, Vol. 1, issue 3, Oct. 1995

Dorsey, John, “Migrations,” Baltimore Sun, Sept. 1, 1994

Giuliano, Mike,Temperatures Rising,” Baltimore City Paper, Vol.18 no.34, Aug. 24-31, 1994

Meisner, Cecilia, “Saints&Swimmers,” Baltimore Alternative, Nov. 1994

Mahoney, J.W., “Studio View,” The New Art Examiner, Oct. 1993, pg. 42-43


Honors and Awards:


2015-07            Yaddo Residency Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, NY

2004                 Yaddo Residency Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, NY

2003                 Yaddo, Residency Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, NY

                         Millay Colony, Residency Fellowship, Austerlitz, NY

                         Marie Sharpe Walsh Foundation, Studio Space Program, NY,NY, Alternate


2000                 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship, Sweet Briar, VA

                        Celadon Inc. & Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA,

                        5 day in-residence print workshop


1996-97              Roswell Museum and Art Center, 1 year Artist-in Residence, Roswell, NM


1995-96              Resident Critics Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD


1995                  Coca Cola Foundation Residency Scholarship, Atlantic Center for the Arts, New

                         Smyrna Beach, FL, juror, David Salle





1997-98  2,500.              Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Individual

                                    Artist Grant

1994     1,400.              Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

                                     Technical Assistance Program Grant, 


2010     3,900.               Faculty Support Fund

2004       3,500.             Arts and Humanities Initiative Book Subvention


2002     7,500                Arts and Humanities Grant, University of Iowa

1999     5,000.               Old Gold Summer Fellowship, University of Iowa 


  1.  Invited Lectures, Panels

May 2015 Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, Museum

May, 2014 Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

November 2012 Ohio University, Athens Ohio

October 2012 Columbus State University, Columbus GA

April, 2010        Visiting Artist, American University, Wash DC

Nov.09/08          Jacob Javits Fellowship Program, US Dept. of E., Jury Panel

Nov.07              Jacob Javits Fellowship Program, US Dept. of E., Jury Panel

Sept. 07             National Science Foundation, Washington DC, Panelist, Antarctica Artist and Writers Program,

April 2007         University of Vermont, visiting artist,

August 2006       National Science Foundation, Washington DC, Panelist, Antarctica Artist and Writers Program,

April 2006         Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, lecture

October 2004      Rice University, Houston TX, visiting artist and critic

March 2003        Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, lecture

Dec. 1999          St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, MD, visiting artist and critic

April 1997         George Washington University, Washington DC, visiting artist and critic

Feb. 1995          University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, visiting artist

1996-2002          Visiting  Artist, and Critic, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, IA


  1. Selected Collections:


                        Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM

                        Huberman, Ben & Giselle, Washington, DC, Boca Raton, FL

                        Hughes, Paula & Edward, Rome, Italy

                        Miller, Patrice & Herbert, Washington, DC

                        Roswell Museum and Art Center

                        Western Development Corporation, Washington, DC

                        TRIA-CREF, St. Louis, MO

                        University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

                        Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,Wilson Bldg



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