« FACULTY / Laura Hughes
Instructor in Foundation, Thesis, MFA Visual Studies
MFA Visual Studies, 2010
Pacific Northwest College of Art
BFA with Distinction, Drawing, 1997
Alberta College of Art & Design (Calgary, Canada)
Laura Hughes creates site-specific installations that investigate how light, form and space surround and shape one another in our perception. Often directly responding to the given features of a space using light, paint, and reflective surfaces, her work amplifies and enhances fleeting instances of illumination that are usually overlooked.
Originally from Canada, her work has spanned a variety of media including; installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, video, and photography.
She has recently exhibited at: The Art Gym (Marylhurst, OR), LxWxH (Seattle, WA), Disjecta (Portland, OR), White Box University of Oregon (Portland, OR), the 10th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), Marylhurst University Commons (Marylhurst, OR), Archer Gallery at Clark College (Vancouver, WA), Gallery Homeland (Portland, OR), Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR), Appendix Project Space (Portland, OR), Vehicle at Pioneer Place (Portland, OR), Portland State University Department of Architecture (Portland, OR), and the Portland Building (Portland, OR). Laura has curated and co-curated exhibitions, performances and video screenings locally and nationally.
Upcoming exhibitions include: a window project at PDX Contemporary (February, 2014), a group exhibition at the Art Gym, Marylhurst University (June, 2014), a solo exhibition at the Littman Gallery, PSU (November, 2014) and an installation at Vancouver, WA City Hall (summer 2015).
Honors: 2014-2015 Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, 2014 Artistic Focus Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), 2013-14 Faculty Excellence and Innovation Grant from Marylhurst University, 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Finalist from the Portland Art Museum, 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, 2012 Individual Artist Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant, 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant, 2011 Brink Award nomination from the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and other previous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work is included in the permanent public collection of the Government of Alberta, Canada.