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Department Chair

Areas taught: Painting and Drawing
Fine Arts Building Room 104

My work has focused for over 30 years on a variety of limits to idea formation, from slow geological processes, mathematical constructions of multi-dimensional space/time to dehumanization processes including anti-Semitism to the boundaries of knowing the origins of human ideas. The idea-machine of history churns our ideas reformulating, reconfiguring, renewing as they drop onto tables or the ground. Some are eaten immediately; some are covered with a blanket of cold, white glistening snow. A snowball begins to roll and arbitrarily accretes ideas in its path. The huge snowball melts, depositing the ideas, the heavier ones drop out first, smaller ones fill in gaps. This process has no connection to origins, chronology or importance. These ideas are sometimes found, analyzed, reused without accurate citations.  FLOW is the process of unrecorded idea transmission.    FLOW is the process of unrecorded idea transmission.

Laurel, originally from Pittsburgh, PA,  received her BFA in Painting in 1974 and her MFA in Painting in 1977, from the University of Cincinnati. She has done post-graduate study at UCLA in Paleoecology, Sculpture and Scientific Illustration (1982), University of Tasmania Centre for the Arts in Semiotics (Australia, 1986), University of Tel Aviv in Hebrew (Israel, 1988) and a variety of coursework at GSW from Sociology of Religion, Literature, to Math and Culture (1979-2011). She has been a professor at GSW since 1978 and the chair of the department since 2007. Laurel has taught or presented visiting lectures at a variety of universities: University of Tasmania, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, UC San Diego, Maryland Institute of Art, St. Mary’s University, Winona MN, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and U of Georgia. Laurel’s exhibition record spans her career with regional, national and international venues and her work is included in several museum permanent collections: The Jewish Museum of NYC, The Skirball Museum at NYU, Cincinnati Museum of Art, List College at Columbia University, NYC Collection and the Macon Georgia Museum of Arts and Sciences. She teaches all levels of drawing and painting at GSW.

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