Laurel Izard Mixed Media Artist

biography

The mixed media artist, Laurel Izard, currently lives and works in Michigan City with her artist husband Edwin Shelton and two cats. She received a BA from Northern Illinois University, with majors in art and anthropology, and a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After college Izard and her husband started a ceramic business called Izwin, and wholesaled colorful whimsical tabletop wares to galleries, boutiques and department stores throughout the country. After twenty-three years of self-employment she taught art in numerous after-school and summer programs. Her art-teaching career culminated in nine year of teaching art at Marquette High School.

Her philosophy as a mixed media artist and teacher is that an important part of being human is to be creative, and continues to teach others how to discover their inner artistic resources. Currently she is creating art full time, and has exhibited work and won awards throughout the country.

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mixed media artist statement

Making art, for me, is both a meditation and dialogue with the materials and the elements of art. As a mixed media artist, I make art of some kind every day, because it feeds me emotionally and spiritually. My studio environment is filled with a large assemblage of artworks, rocks, fossils, pottery, and old lunchboxes that have been collected over the years. Collecting has influenced my work beyond visual cues and such things, as vintage books, ephemera and old textiles become the materials in my work. I am a collector of images as well and have over 50,000 images of art, science, science fiction, quilts, animals, artists work and you name it stored on Pinterest. My background in anthropology has always played a big part in my art, and interest in how we see the world physically and spiritually. My work has been exhibited in galleries, and art centers all over the country, and I have won awards along the way.

A fascination with sewing and textiles started as early as I could hold a needle, but I never really considered it as my main art making material until 2011 when I began digging into being a mixed media artist. Since then I have spent hours creating small intensely embroidered images loosely based on the archetypes of the tarot. 2019 has been the year of the quilt as I have embarked on a project to portray animals, particularly endangered animals on art quilts. Now I have an even better excuse to collect old quilts and exotic fabrics.

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recent juried and invitational exhibitions

Quilted Bat Laurel Izard Mixed Media Artist

2019 Small Works Big Talent, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California
The Best of 2019, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
The Crow Show, The Studio Door, San Diego, California
30 Years of QSDS, Dairy Barn-Chaddock Morrow Gallery, Athens, Ohio
Speaking of Fibers! Stories of Importance, Missouri Fiber Artists, Morton J. May Gallery, Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri
Chesterton Women’s Club Show, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
Endangered, St. Louis Artists Guild Galleries, St. Louis, Missouri
Small and Smaller, Site: Brooklyn, Brooklyn, New York
2018 The Best of 2018, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
Art of the Book, Gallerie Renee Marie, Benicia, California
Celebrating Women, Location 1980, Costa Mesa, California
Art From the Heartland 2018, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
10 x 10 x 10 Tieton, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, Washington
The Fool’s Journey Through Life, The Studio Door, San Diego, California (catalog)
64 Arts Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, Illinois
Art Comp 2018, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
Craft Forms 2018, 24 International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
The Dark Arts II, Squid Ink Online Gallery
Critters II, Artless Bastard, LaPere, Wisconsin
FASA 44th Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibition, Say Si, San Antonio, Texas
2017 Small But Mighty, Christopher Gallery, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois
2017-Tiny Monsters, Fe Gallery, Sacramento, California
Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Michigan. (Merit Award)
Art: The Language of Community, Life Force Arts, Chicago, Illinois
Global Murmurs, Textile Society of America, Times Square Building Gallery, Rochester, New York (catalog)
74th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana (catalog)
Illiana Artist’s 17th Regional Juried Exhibition, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana (First Place)
Fiber Artists of San Antonio 43rd Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibit, Kelso Art Center, San Antonio, Texas
2016 Urban Murmurs Exhibit, Textile Society of America, Times Square Building Gallery, Rochester, New York (catalog)
Five x Five x Five, Hammond Hall Gallery, Jackson State University, Jacksonville, Alabama
10x10x10xTieton, 7th Annual International Small Works Exhibition, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, Washington (catalog)
2015 National Fiber Directions Exhibition 2015, The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas
Folktales and Legends: An Exhibit Without Borders, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Spiritual Power of Art: Myth, Religion & Mystical Experience, Life Force Arts, Chicago, Illinois
72nd Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana (catalog)
Microcosmos, Gallery 621, Benicia, California

recent group exhibitions

2019 A Common Thread 2019, Textile Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Artist’s Narrative, Indiana Welcome Center Gallery, Hammond, Indiana
Threads of Life, The Rising Phoenix Gallery, Michigan City, Indiana
International Women’s Day Exhibition, The Nest, Michigan City, Indiana
The Illustrated Accordion, KBAC Gallery, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan
5 x 5 at the Depot, The Depot Gallery and Museum, Beverly Shores, Indiana
Fiber Art, Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts, Michigan City, Indiana
Layering, Laurel Izard and Edwin Shelton, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
2018 A Common Thread 2018, Textile Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Deliberate Strokes, Valparaiso Art House Gallery, Valparaiso, Indiana
Artist Journey, Marshal J. Gardner center for the Arts, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, Miller Beach, Indiana
Material Culture, Nipsco Education Studios, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
5 x 5, The Depot Gallery and Museum, Beverly Shores, Indiana
2018 CSA Valpo Preview Exhibition, South Shore Arts at the Artful Garden, Crown Point, Indiana
Fold! Staple! Riot! The Oilwick Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana
10 x 10, Blink Contemporary Art, Michigan City, Indiana
Vessel, A Group Exhibition, The Depot Gallery and Museum, Beverly Shores, Indiana
Regional Impressions, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
2017 Curio Cabinet Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Poetry Without Words, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
Open Studio Exhibition, Summer Educator Micro Residency, Flagg Hall, University of Illinois, Champagne, Illinois
Regional Reflections Indiana Welcome Center Gallery, Hammond, Indiana
10-Inch Masterpiece, Thaddeus C. Gallery, LaPorte, Indiana
2016 Vision/Revision, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, Indiana
The One A Day Show, Blink Contemporary Art, Michigan City, Indiana
The Artist’s Journey: Works by the Area Artists Association of Michigan City, The Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
FAA at Illinois Summer Educator Micro Residency Exhibition, Figure One Gallery, Champaign, Illinois
The Hunt-The Prey-The Spirit, Hyndman Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
Color and Spirit, LaPorte County Visitors Bureau, Michigan City, Indiana
Krasl Art Center Members’ Show: The Yard Show, Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, Michigan
More Color, More Spirit, Ellen Firme Gallery, Beverly Shores, Indiana

Quilted Skull Laurel Izard Fiber Artist

2015 Steamroller Print Project. Hyndman Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
Calumet College 50 and Over Art Exhibit, Bernard Gallery, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Indiana
Fabrications” – A Fiber Art Exhibition, Southern Shore Gallery, Michigan City, Indiana
2014 We’re Gonna Roll, Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City, Indiana
Steamroller Printmaking Project, Walnut ink Gallery and Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana
Seeing the Light, Fendig Gallery, Carnegie Center, Renssalaer, Indiana
In Situ, Marshal J. Gardner center for the Arts, Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, Miller Beach, Indiana

recent solo exhibitions

2019 Embroidering the Imagination, Work by Laurel Izard, Art Barn School of Art, Valparaiso, Indiana
2018 World and Work of Laurel Izard, The Rising Phoenix Gallery, Michigan City, Indiana
2016 Laurel Izard, Riverwalk Gallery, Box Factory, Saint Joseph, Michigan
2015 Goddesses and Aliens, Nipsco Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
2014 Embroidered Archetypes, Brinka/Cross and North View Galleries, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana

awards and grants

2019 On-Ramp 2019 Fellowship, Indiana Arts Commission
Brian Lonsway Award for Humor in Craft, Best of 2019, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio
Merit Award, Chesterton Woman’s Club Art Show, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
2018 Second Place, Art of the Book, Gallerie Renee Marie, Benicia, California
2017 First Place, Illiana Artist’s 17th Regional Juried Exhibition, Chesterton Art Center, Chesterton, Indiana
First Place, Fiber Artists of San Antonio 43rd Annual Juried Fiber Art Exhibit, Kelso Art Center, San Antonio, Texas
Merit Award, Michiana Annual Art Competition, Box Factory for the Arts, St. Joseph, Michigan
2015 Renee & Sam Denmark Memorial Award, 72nd Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts, Munster,Indiana
2011 Second Place two-dimensional work, Lakefront Art Festival, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
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publications

2018 10x10x10 Tieton, A Juried Exhibition of Art, (catalogue), Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, Washington
2017 Global Murmurs Exhibit (catalogue) Textile Society of America, Times Square Building Gallery, Rochester, New York
2016 Urban Murmurs Exhibit (catalogue) Textile Society of America, Times Square Building Gallery, Rochester, New York
10x10x10 Tieton, A Juried Exhibition of Art (catalogue) Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, Washington
2012 “Carve it Up”; Cloth Paper Scissors, March/April 2012, issue 41

professional experience

2019 Docent for Exhibitions, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
2019 On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Course, May 10-12, Nashville, Indiana
2016 Artist Section Committee, Art Space, Michigan City, Indiana
Regional Initiative Grant Panelist, Arts Operating Support, Region 1, South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana
2007-2016 Visual arts teacher, Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, Indiana.
2015 Art Journaling, Visual Arts Class at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
Gelli Plate Printing, Visual Arts Class at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
2010 Quality Assurance Team member, AdvncED review of North Side High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana
2004-2009 Art Instructor for the Northwest Athletic Club. Michigan City, Indiana.
Ceramics Instructor for the clients of Michiana Resources, at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, Indiana
1982-2004 Co-owner and designer for Izwin Inc., Producing handmade whimsical earthenware products for the home

education

2008 Transition to Teach Program, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
2005 Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, SCS Matters, LLC Holistic Alliance, St. Joseph, Michigan
1981 Master of Fine Art, Ceramics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
1979 Bachelor of Arts, Art and Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
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