« 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 is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary practice involves 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.
Recent exhibitions include the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), LxWxH (Seattle, WA), Disjecta (Portland, OR), White Box University of Oregon (Portland, 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). She has curated and co-curated exhibitions, performances and video screenings locally and nationally.
Laura was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards by the Portland Art Museum, awarded a 2012 Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, and nominated for the 2011 Brink Award from the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. She has been awarded project grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.