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Marsh, Laura (FUll)
Director, Seton Art Gallery
Arts & Sciences
Art & Design
Seton Gallery - Dodds Hall

    Artist Statement

    I explore American identities, challenge perceptions of beauty, and question consumer values in collages and sculptures. I repurpose kitsch, pop-culture, and off-the-shelf materials to further integrate them with handcrafted elements. I work from small drawings and collages to produce sculptures and installations,  composing works that embrace a guileless self-assuredness while exposing and challenging popular consumer values and beliefs.

    My snapshot of consumer America is the space of superfluous, cheaply made stuff lit by neon in an endless warehouse. I pass up the Walmarts and Targets for Dollar stores and thrift shops. I look for the unused, the left behind, and the memorable to examine and transform. I combine and recycle images by embellishing, drawing, painting, and sewing them into handmade objects. My hand is present in all that I do. 


    2009 M.F.A. Sculpture, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
    2006 B.F.A. Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
    2005 Semester Exchange, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

    Selected Exhibitions

    Zona Imaginaria, Open House, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014
    Fred Giampietro Gallery, Self-Absorbed, New Haven, CT, 2014
    John Slade Ely House, Doll Like Exhibition, New Haven, CT, 2014
    Dixon Place, Fabrications, New York, NY, 2014
    Pongratz Fine Arts, Glastonbury, CT, 2013
    Fem//me, Swimsuit Factory, New Haven, CT, 2013
    Curious Remains, Art Lot, Brooklyn, NY, 2013
    Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, Half-Off, 2012
    The Institute Library, Out Of Nature, New Haven, CT, 2012
    A-Space West Cove Gallery, Two For One, West Haven, CT, 2011
    Newman Popiashvili Gallery, Untitles, Group Show Curated by Michel Auder, New York, NY, 2010
    Haskins Laboratories, Mind Sets, Group Show Curated by Debbie Hesse, Cat Balco, and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, CT, 2010
    360 State, Exhibition One, Group Show Curated by Laura Marsh and Phil Lique, New Haven, CT, 2010
    Artspace, Flock, City-Wide Open Studios Juried Exhibition Curated by Patricia Hickson and Kristina Newman-Scott, New Haven, CT, 2010
    A-Space West Cove Gallery, Line-Dancing: A Writers Choice of Works on Paper, Assembled? By Stephen Kobasa, West Haven, CT, 2010
    Marc Jancou Contemporary, Careerists and Visionaries, New York, NY, 2009 Jack Tilton Gallery, Handmade Wearable, New York, NY, 2009
    Artspace, Duo Performance, New Haven, CT, 2008
    Art Center, Digital Productions, Beijing, China, 2008
    Cleveland Foundation, Heterotopias: Sites of Culture, Contested and Inverted, Group Show, Cleveland, OH, 2006
    Red Shoe Delivery Service, Traveling Exhibition, New York, NY, 2005
    Survey Gallery, Tower of Babel II, Cleveland, OH, 2004


    Zona Imaginaria Resident, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014
    Vermont Studio Center Resident, Johnson, VT, 2012
    Tilton Residency, Beijing, China, 2008
    Yale Summer School of the Arts and Music, Norfolk, CT, 2004
    Travel Abroad, Bangalore, India, 2003

    Recent Publications

    Connecticut Art Scene, “ Soon to be a memory: “Multi-focus Memoryscapes” at Seton Art Gallery,” Hank Hoffman, Mar. 27, 2013
    Daily Nutmeg,“ New Kid Off the Block,” Courtney McCarroll, Nov. 23, 2012
    New Haven Independent, “Eye Show: A Virtual Exhibition (Fifth in a Series),”Stephen Kobasa, Jun. 13, 2012
    Connecticut Art Scene, “Elegy for Nature,” Hank Hoffman, Jan. 09, 2012
    Artspace Blog, Private Studios, Chris Joy, Oct. 02, 2010 
    The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Mind Sets Exhibition Catalog, Cat Balco, Debbie Hesse, Oct. 2010
    New Haven Independent, “Object Lesson # 56,” Stephen Kobasa, Mar. 31, 2009
    Shifter, “09: Ruin | Monument,” Sreshta Premnath, Jan. 14, 2007

    Grants and Awards

    Traveling Grant, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2008
    Ted Frost Scholarship, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH?, 2005
    Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale Summer School of the Arts and Music, Norfolk, CT, 2004

    Artist Talks, Panel Discussions, Teaching Experiences

    Director and Instructor, Seton Art Gallery, University of New Haven, CT,
    Panelist, Make Art Work, Organized by the New Haven Arts Council, CT,
    Feb 9, 2013
    Sculpture Visiting Artist, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, Dec 4, 2012
    Art History and Digital Design Instructor, 2009-12:
    Art and Design Department, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT?
    Art Department, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT?
    Digital Arts and Technology Department, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, CT
    Program Director, Artspace, New Haven, CT, 2007-10
    Teaching Assistant, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, 2008-09  
    Ceramics Specialist, Age groups 4 through 10, Ramapo, Airmont, NY, 2006
    Teacher of 3D Constructions and Painting, Age groups 4 through 14, Waynflete School, Portland, ME
    Teacher for YPC Classes, Ages of 5 and 14, Cleveland Museum of Art,
    Cleveland, OH, 2005-01