Professor, Sculpture (1997). BA, 1981, Williams College; MFA, 1988, SAIC. Exhibitions: Grimaldi Forum, Monaco; Les Abattoirs, France; Seniorenzentrum Dornach, Austria; Pori Art Museum, Finland; Renaissance Society, Chicago; Artists Space, New York; Aperto XLV Venice Biennale; Magasin, Centre d'Art Contemporain, France; Castello di Rivara, Italy; Threewalls, Chicago; MASS MoCA. Publications: In the Aura of a Hole; With Love from Haha and 3 Acres on the Lake (WhiteWalls and University of Chicago); Artforum; frieze; New Art Examiner; Dialogue; WhiteWalls. Bibliography: frieze; Sculpture; Kunstforum; High Performance; Umbrella; Art in America. Collections: City of Linz, Austria; Smart Museum; Illinois State University, Normal. Awards: Radcliffe Institute; Illinois Arts Council; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation; Graham Foundation; Driehaus Foundation.

Personal Statement

A. Laurie Palmer's work is concerned with amplifying access to shared resources, and with exploring matter's active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds. These directions take form in public projects with social and environmental justice as a central focus, in writing, and in sculpture, installation, and research-based projects that combine media. She collaborated with the four person art collective Haha for twenty years and continues to engage with varying forms of collaboration, which she sees as a central ethic in her practice. Recent projects include Still Yet Else Further Again... a solo exhibition at Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, in 2012, and Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, an ongoing collaborative project first exhibited at Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, in 2012. In the Aura of a Hole, her book exploring mineral extraction sites and processes, will be published in February 2014 with Black Dog (London). She has published two other project-based books: 3 Acres on the Lake: DuSable Park Proposal Project, documenting a collaborative public project that she initiated, and With Love from Haha, documenting twenty years of Haha's site-based work; both distributed by University of Chicago Press. Palmer teaches courses across the curriculum in studio-based sculptural practice and contemporary theory. She was Department Chair 2008–2013.


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