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BIO

Laura Milkins is a teacher, performer, and artist. She is currently the host of the Depression Sessions which is a radio show airing weekly. She also co-organized a cross-cultural art festival called Arizona Between Nosotros: artists from Mexico respond in video and performance.

In 2009 she completed a Fulbright scholarship for her performance Walking Stories: Mexico. She received her MFA at the University of Arizona in 2008, a Post Baccalaureate Certification in 1996 and a Diploma in 2000 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1993 with Bachelors of Arts in Fine Art.

Since 1993, she has shown her work in Boston, Portland, ME, Grand Rapids, MI, Tucson, Phoenix, Oaxaca, Mexico and Mexico City. Prior to settling in Arizona, Laura traveled to Europe, Asia, and South America, documenting the experience through email with text and drawings.

Laura has worked in a variety of mediums from traditional painting and drawing to sculpted mattresses and online performance art. Her current work seeks to create community and engagement by involving the viewer in the art making process.

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EDUCATION
2008 UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Tucson, AZ Master of Fine Arts
2000 SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Boston, MA Four Year Diploma
1996 SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Boston, MA Post Baccalaureate Certificate
1993 KALAMAZOO COLLEGE Kalamazoo, MI Bachelor of Arts
1992 GREAT LAKES COLLEGE ASSOCIATION NEW YORK ARTS PROGRAM New York City, NY Internship

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2006-08 TA, INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2005 CONTINUING STUDIES ART INSTRUCTOR Kendall School of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI
2004 VISITING ART INSTRUCTOR Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
1993 SUMMER ART DIRECTOR Pentwater Recreation Program, Pentwater, MI

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2010 POLVO AL POLVO Performance and Video Art Exhibition Co-Organizer, Salón Covadonga, Mexico City, Mexico
2007 HER SHORTS/PERFORMIT Performance Art Festival Co-Organizer, Historic Y, Tucson, AZ
2006 HER SHORTS International Women’s Video Art Festival Co-Organizer, Dinnerware, Tucson, AZ

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2008 FULBRIGHT-GARCIA ROBLES for Walking Stories: Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
2008 PUFFIN GRANT for Her Shorts International Video Festival, Puffin Foundation, Teaneck, NJ
2007 TUCSON ARTS COALLITION GRANT for PerformIt Live Art Festival, Tucson , AZ
2007 ARIZONA COMMISION ON THE ARTS GRANT for Her Shorts International Video Festival
Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson, AZ
2007 TPAC GRANT for Her Shorts International Video Festival, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
2007 TPAC MINI GRANT for WeAreTheWeather Art Magazine, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
2007 GRADUATE ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE TUITION AWARD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2007 MEDICI GRANT University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2007 GRADUATE TUITION AWARD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006 ARIZONA COMMISION ON THE ARTS GRANT for Her Shorts International Video Festival Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson, AZ
2006 TPAC GRANT for Her Shorts International Video Festival, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
2006 GRADUATE TRUST GRANT University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006 MEDICI GRANT University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006 GRADUATE TUITION AWARD University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1993 MICHAEL WOSKOWSKI PRIZE IN ART Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

EXHIBITIONS
2011 IN BED at TUCSON FRINGE FESTIVAL La Cocina, Tucson Arizona
2010 IN BED Club Congress, Tucson, Arizona
2010 POLVO AL POLVO (member/curator) Salón Covadonga, Mexico City, Mexico
2010 SURVEY Museum Of Contemporary Art Tucson, AZ
2009 PERFORMANCE HOTEL VIRREYES, LUCES CAMARA ACCION Hotel Virreyes in association with Casa Del La Nina, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 CADA DIA UN PIROPO (solo performance) Centro Historico, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 POCHA NOSTRA at PRISMA in OAXACA Museum de Ferrocarril, Oaxaca City, Mexico
2009 TANK MAN TANGO 2009 (member/curator) China town, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 WALKING STORIES: MEXICO CITY (solo performance) Fulbright Garcia Robles in association with UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 VENUS CABARET Casa Del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 SO I DON’T FORGET (solo performance) La Perrera, Oaxaca City, Mexico
2008 MFA EXHIBITION University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2008 MOSAICS Arizona State University Anthropology Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2008 7UP Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2007 TEATRO CALIENTE PHiX Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2007 TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2007 NAKED POLITICS (solo performance) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2007 EXHIBIT THREE (member/curator) Freemont House, Tucson, AZ
2007 RECLAIMING PARIS (solo performances) Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
2007 WINTERFEST House of the Setting Sun Gallery, Pentwater, MI
2006 THE S-FEST (featured artist) Splinter Brothers and Sisters Warehouse, Tucson, AZ
2006 EXHIBIT TWO (member/curator) Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 THE ART SERVANT (solo show) Dinnerware Contemporary Arts Project Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2006 HER SHORTS INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL (member/curator) Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
2006 EXHIBIT ONE (member/curator) Freemont House, Tucson, AZ
2005 PLANTS, PESTS AND ROMANCE (solo show) Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Byron Center, MI
2005 GRAND RAPIDS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (juried show) Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
2004 BAC 40th ANNIVERSARY FACULTY SHOW Institute of Art, Boston, MA
2004 FLAVOR (juried show) Space, Portland, ME
2004 ROMANCE Source Gallery, Portland, ME
2003 THE MYSTERY OF MOVEMENT Source Gallery, Portland, ME
2003 ROCK PAPER SCISSORS (solo show) Brookline Arts Center, Brookline, MA
2000 SMFA GRADUATING STUDENT SHOW School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1999 SUMMER FLOWERS Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
1997 LOST AND FOUND GROUP SHOW (member/curator) JP Open Studios, Boston, MA
1997 MIND, BODY, SPIRIT (member/curator) JP Multicultural Firehouse Art Center, Boston, MA
1997 WADDINGTON GROUP SHOW (member/curator) Waddington Massage Therapy, Newton, MA
1996 17th ANNUAL FORT POINT CHANNEL OPEN STUDIOS Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA
1996 ALPHA/OMEGA JP Multicultural Firehouse Art Center, Boston, MA
1996 SMFA SPRING STUDENT SHOW School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1993 EVOLUTION: PRESIDENT'S FINE ARTS SERIES (solo show) Kalamazoo College, MI

ART ORGANIZATIONS
2009 TANK MAN TANGO: MEXICO CITY founding member, Mexico City, Mexico
2007-08 WE ARE THE WEATHER ART MAGAZINE founding member, Tucson, AZ
2007-08 KAFFEEKLATSCH ART SALONS founding member, Tucson, AZ
2005-08 ARTXIII founding member, Tucson, AZ
2005-08 PLUGGED VIDEO COLLECTIVE board member, Tucson, AZ
1998-00 FREEZONE GALLERY founding member, Boston, MA
1996-7 LOST AND FOUND ARTIST GROUP founding member, Boston, MA
1992-3 VISUAL ARTS COUNCIL, KALAMAZOO COLLEGE founding member, Kalamazoo, MI

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LECTURES AND INTERVIEWS
2010 LA JORNADA Mexico City, newspaper interview discussing Polvo Al Polvo, 2010
2010 EL UNIVERSAL Mexico City, newspaper interview discussing Polvo Al Polvo, 2010
2009 AMERICAN PUBLIC RADIO: THE STORY North Carolina, radio interview discussing Walking Stories: Mexico 2009
2009 PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION 2010 MEXICAN FULBRIGHT-GARCIA ROBLES Mexico City, Mexico, presentation to help prepare Mexican Nationals for US classroom etiquette
2008 KGUN 9 Tucson, AZ, television interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 BOSTON PHOENIX Boston, MA, interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 TUCSON WEEKLY Tucson, AZ, TQ&A interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 TUCSON CITIZEN Tucson, AZ, interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE Scottsdale, AZ, interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 COLLEGE TIMES Phoenix, AZ, interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2008 DELAWARE SPARK Wilmington, DE, interview discussing Perfect Woman Project 2008
2007 REFEXIONES DOMINGO KUAT, Tucson, AZ, discussing Her Shorts/PerformIt 2007
2007 RADIO REFEXIONES KUAZ, Tucson, AZ, discussing Her Shorts/PerformIt 2007
2007 Tucson Citizen online video interview discussing Her Shorts/PerformIt 2007, Tucson, AZ
2007 HER SHORTS/PERFORMIT ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION moderator, Dinnerware
Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
2007 professional development class guest speaker, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006 MEDICI AWARD BRUNCH student ambassador/presenter, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2006 Tucson Citizen online video interview discussing Reclaiming Paris, Tucson, AZ
2006 ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT interview discussing Reclaiming Paris Tucson, AZ
2006 Reclaiming paris panel discussion moderator, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts,
Tucson, AZ
2004 SMFA post-baccalaureate PROGRAM guest speaker, School of the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, MA