Laura Wilder

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(585) 288-1089
1068 S. Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14620  
www.laurawilder.com

The subjects I choose to draw, paint, carve and print are all about that simpler, more satisfying life. Although my work might seem like a nostalgic look backward, it’s really a wish for the present and the future. It strives to inspire us to do meaningful work, and to connect with and care for our natural world and each other. It also strives to provide a bit of soul sanctuary.

Aesthetically my inspiration comes from a bunch of guys from the early twentieth century: Baumann, Steichen, Holwein, Voysey, Klimt, Bradley. I enjoy bouncing back and forth between bold, postery decorative art and soft, spiritual fine art, which has resulted in a varied body of work.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1982 Designed the Rochester International LPGA logo, which was used for about twenty years.

1988 Commissioned by Syracuse University to create portraits of the 35 students killed in the Lockerbie airline bombing.

1995 Approved as Roycroft Renaissance Artisan; elevated to Master Artisan status in 1997

1997 Commissioned by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms to create an edition of 100 block prints

1998 Commissioned by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester to create an edition of 100 block prints, now part of their permanent collection

1998 to present Three time merit award winner at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival in Rochester, NY; winner of first and second prizes at Arts at the Gardens and the Corn Hill Arts festivals

2002 to present Featured Artist on WXXI-TV’s annual public broadcasting auction, each year donating a new painting of a popular Rochester area landmark

2003 to present Featured in articles in Style 1900, American Bungalow, Arts & Crafts Homes, and Cottages and Bungalows magazines, as well as the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper

2004 Commissioned by Nazareth College to create an oil portrait of Paychex founder and philanthropist B. Thomas Golisano, to hang in the entrance of the new Golisano Arts Center

2007 Commissioned to create the 2008 Lilac Festival poster, Rochester, NY

2008 Guest Artist at Millikin University’s Art and Entrepreneurship Program: lectured, exhibited, demonstrated printmaking (afterwards, drove 12 hours through monster blizzard)

2011 Artist in Residence at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Montvale, NJ. Exhibition of work, taught block printing workshop created new Craftsman Farms block print, demonstrated the making of the print

2011 Commissioned to design the Park Avenue Festival poster, Rochester NY

2011 Commissioned to design 4 posters in celebration of the Village of Shoreham centennial, Long Island, NY

2011 to present Taught block printing workshops many places, including to a national audience at the Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC