April 29 – May 15, 2021

Laura Berman

Laura Berman creates images that layer time, space, form and color together. The natural world inspires her, and there is a focus on play, improvisation, and relational dynamics in her work.

Berman has exhibited her print work in over 150 exhibitions at galleries and museums around the country and internationally. Her prints are widely collected and she has made commissioned work for a number of institutions. Berman has been a visiting artist and has worked as an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Colorado), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida) and Can Serrat Artist Center (Spain), among others.

Her work has been featured in the books Contemporary American Printmakers by E. Ashley Rooney/Stephanie Stanish, Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce, A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, by Ehlers, Ehlbeck and Muise and Color Theory: A Critical Introduction by Aaron Fine. She has worked with a number of fine print and commercial publishers around the world, including Pele Prints (St. Louis) where she has a longstanding relationship. Her work is represented by galleries: Long View Gallery ( Washington, D.C.), Olson-Larsen Gallery (Des Moines), and Uprise Art (New York City).

Laura Berman is a Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught in the Printmaking Department since 2002. She is a Founding Member of the Art Brand Alliance, author of the ongoing online series of artist interviews: Reflections on Color and Printmaking, and together with her husband, she runs Prairieside Cottage and Outpost, a family-friendly artist’s retreat in the Flint Hills region of Matfield Green, Kansas, USA.

During my time at Good Hart Artist Residency, my goal is to experience a new engagement with my artwork, in a geographical environment that is entirely new to me. I expect the natural environment surrounding Good Hart and its location will inspire me deeply. My printmaking practice has its own disciplined momentum, which sometimes limits my ability to be free with my work. In contrast, I have built my painting practice to be intuitive and without many rules. During my residency time, my work will expand through a new rhythm of working and a fresh outlook. I plan to create new imagery, expand the materials I paint with, and further my imagery through multiple layered paintings in a variety of scales.

Community Event

Workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center and Open Studio

Post Residency Feedback

Our time at Good Hart Residency has repaired us, restored us and rejuvenated us. With deep gratitude and appreciation – The Berman Akers Family

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