Biography


Laura A. Luzzi, Artist and Educator                  
contact:
laura7271@sbcglobal.net

1 - New Work and Exhibitions                   2 - Publication of Illustrations

3- Education, Awards and Certifications                  4 - Artist Statement

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New Work and Exhibitions

SF Women Artists Gallery, 3489 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA

     "Artist's Choice" show (7/1/15 - 8/1/15)

    "Attraction to Abstraction" (a collaborative show with Expressions Gallery) 9/8-11/9/12   

    "Light & Shadow" juried all-media show (5/9 - 6/2/12)

Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA

    "Playful, Funny, Wild & Wacky" juried, group show from 8/3-10/18/2013

    "Animals & Pets We Cherish" juried exhibition (2011)
    "All You Need is Love"  juried exhibition (2011)

     "Kids Are Us" juried show (06/09 - 08/09) and artist listing

The Artists Alley, San Francisco, CA

    "Celebrating! the Year of the Tiger!"  original paintings (January & February, 2010)

Petaluma Arts Center, East Washington and Lakeville in Petaluma, CA
     "Small Works in Hard Times"  group show with Petaluma Art Center Gallery (12/2009 - 01/10)

     Day of the Dead; Memories of the Heart juried exhibition (10/17/08 - 11/30/08)

        Members Exhibition (12/7/08 - 1/25/09)

La Pena Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

     Exhibition of original paintings, 8/1/08 through 9/6/08

Chic (Fashion Clothing), 5414 College Avenue in Oakland, CA

     Original paintings shown from 05/07 - 04/09

Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, 11/06-present

     "Here" Artist's Annual Exhibition (11/2/14 - 2/2/15)

     "Green: Members Exhibition" (12/11/10 - 1/23/11)

     Annual Members Showcase (12/14/08 - 1/25/09)
        Exhibited mixed media, "Non attachment" noted in the East Bay Express
        (link at BAC Newsletter)

     2007/08 Members Exhibition, 12/9/07 - 1/13/08, awarded
        Honorable Mention

     Members Showcase participant, 11/06 - 12/06
        Contact: info@berkeleyartcenter.org

Art Waves Gallery, San Francisco, 7/06-09/07

     Solo Exhibition, Man and Nature: Relationship & Politic, 8/16 - 9/9/07

"Lannen & Luzzi - New Works" exhibition from 12/7-12/31/06, acrylic & oil paintings

"Featured Artist" from 12/1/06 - 1/31/07, acrylic & oil paintings

"Sand, Sea & Sky",Art Waves Gallery, San Francisco, 9/28 - 10/29/06

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Publications of Illustrations & Affiliations

Berkeley Art Center

     Board of Directors Member, CA (7/08 - 2/09)

 

National Hispanic Youth Symposiums Art Competition Judge with:       

      The First Annual Symposium in Albuquerque, NM at the University of NM; July, 2008
     The First Annual Symposium, Moraga, CA at St. Mary's College; July, 2007

 

San Francisco MOMA, Member (1/2008 - present)

 

Friend of the National Museum for Women in the Arts
     Washington DC, 2008

 

Wild Earth Magazine, Contributing Artist/Freelance Illustrator, 1995-1997

         Black and White Wildlife and Scientific Illustration

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Education, Awards and Certifications

Certificate in Fine Art, Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, OR, 1992-1995

M.S. in Counseling & Human Relations, Villanova University, Villanova, PA,  1984-1987

B.A. in Psychology & Sociology, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IND, 1980-1984

National Service Registry honoree for community service and adolescent program development, NJ, 1990

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Artist Statement

Laura's art challenges through color, movement, and abstraction. Emotions and stories are conveyed to the viewer through a sharing of internal landscapes. She is influenced and inspired by the people and places she encounters and currently lives and paints in San Francisco. 

Born in the Year of the Tiger, I aim to offer intensity and perspective about "Whom might this be?", "What does this mean?" and "What is happening in this life?". I have lived in many places including New Mexico and Oregon, where I studied Fine Art & Illustration at the Pacific NW College of Art. Many of my black and white illustrations have been published, and I have instructed Illustrating Children's Literature courses at Portland Community College. Art and creative arts approaches became my focus after receiving undergrad and graduate degrees.
As a counselor and educator of twenty years, the themes and colors I use in my own art, reflect the people and places I have encountered.
It was the New Mexico landscape, sky, and wildlife, however, that inspired me to paint in acrylic and use more color. I am a working Artist in San Francisco and continue to use the colors of nature in works large and small, with movement from representation to abstraction. Personal, emotional, and potentially healing, art is an opening to a world of symbols and at its best, elicits a response. LAL

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