Laura Mackin is an artist & educator based in Chicago. She received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art & an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating in 2005, Mackin began teaching at SAIC & working with local contemporary art galleries as a catalog designer, database developer, & occasional curator. Curatorial projects include: Co-Director of H. Lewis Gallery, Associate Director of Gescheidle, & Director of Giftshop Project Space. Mackin also spent several years in art conservation, working as a digital restorer.
Mackin's artworkvideos, books, photos, paintingshas been exhibited nationally & internationally, including solo shows in Nashville (TN), St. Louis (MO), Portland (OR), & Chicago. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum.com, Visual Art Source, Huffington Post, Time Out Chicago, Newcity, Chicago Reader, & Chicago Tribune.EDUCATION
2005MFA in Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL
2003BFA in Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD (magna cum laude)
2002Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, IrelandSOLO EXHIBITIONS
Come SlowlyEden, Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2014
120 Years, threewalls, Chicago, IL (catalogue) 2012
Time Enough, Half Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR (catalogue) 2011
Driving, 19462006, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN 2009
Wedding Heads, Half Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR (catalogue) 2009
Davis Projection, Harper College, Palatine, IL 2009
Some Screens, Old Gold Exhibitions and Events, Chicago, IL 2008
Davis, Giftshop Project Space, Chicago, IL 2007
April of '92 and Other Months, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL 2006
Videotape and Mirrors, Three Seasons Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006Selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS
ADDS DONNA, DieAusstellungsstrasse, Vienna, Austria 2014
Video screeningOur Nixon, Frame Arts Warehouse, Winnipeg, Canada 2014
PARTY, Leroy Neiman Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2014
Being a woman in an all women show, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013
24HRS/25DAYS, New Capital, Chicago, IL 2012
WISHYOUWEREHERE, ADDS DONNA, Chicago, IL 2011
Archival Impulse, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 2011
Keep 'Em Coming, Half Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR 2011
Community Support Art, threewalls, Chicago, IL 2011
(curated by Abigail Satinsky & Shannon Stratton)
Temporary Allegiance, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 2011
(ongoing project by Philip Von Zweck)
A Project by Philip Von Zweck, Chicago Art Review, MDW Fair, Chicago, IL 2011
Peregrine Papers, Peregrine Program, MDW Fair, Chicago, IL 2011
Fog. Half Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR., 2010
Art Club. Half Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR, 2009
Artists Run Chicago. Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL., 2009
Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer? Curated by Anthony Elms and Philip von Zweck. Alogon Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2008
NEXT Fair, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008
Spun from the Web, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 2006
Nova Young Art Fair, VIDEO+FILM, Chicago, IL, 2006
Experiment 400/5, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL, 2005
Instillation Collective, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, 2005
Representations, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2005
SAIC MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 2005
Nova Young Art Fair, Bucket Rider, Chicago, IL, 2005
Group Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL, 2004
Winner's Circle, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, 2004
The Stray Show, curated by Scott Reeder, Chicago, IL, 2004
Annual Juried Show, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2004
MICA Commencement Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2003
MICA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2002
Poster Invitational, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2002
Nowhere Nothing, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2001
3x3, H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2001
MICA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2001PRESS
Weinberg, Lauren. Threewalls helps Hull-House open Art Lending Library. Time Out Chicago 26 Apr. 2012.
Waxman, Lori. Stories Found in Photos. Chicago Tribune 1 Feb. 2012.
Quell, Tara. Review: Laura Mackin / ThreeWalls Recommended. Newcity Chicago 17 Jan. 2012.
Slemmons, Rod. Laura Mackin. Essay for exhibition publication 13 Jan. 2012.
Weinberg, Lauren. Wish You Were Here at ADDS DONNA: Laura Mackin, Gareth Long
and other artists participate in a show that changes as it stays the same. Time Out Chicago 14 Dec. 2011.
Stabler, Bert. Review: Wish You Were Here/ADDS DONNA. Newcity Chicago 13 Dec. 2011.
Reaves, Kelly. Six Healthy Servings From Your Local Art Farm. Gapers Block 5 April 2011. Web.
Isaacs, Deanna. Threewalls' Chicago Art Farm. Chicago Reader 31 March 2011.
Lake, Eva. Recommendations: Laura Mackin. Visual Art Source 20 Jan. 2011. Web.
Lasarow, Bill. The Art Lessons of Tuscon. The Huffington Post 13 Jan. 2011. Web.
Grabner, Michelle. Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer? Artforum.com. 21 Oct 2008.
Eler, Alicia. "Closing Time." Time Out Chicago
26 Jun. 2008: 59.
Image from "Some Screens." Chicago Reader
17 April 2008: 93.
Stabler, Bert. "Laura Mackin." Time Out Chicago
27 Dec. 2007: 72.
Foumberg, Jason. "Eye Exam: West Side Dispatch." Newcity Chicago
18 Dec. 2007.
Sondak, Justin. "Deck the Halls with Local Art." Centerstage Chicago
. 7 Dec. 2007.
McKinnon, John. "Carl Baratta and Laura Mackin." http://www.timeout.com/chicago/articles/ Time Out Chicago
| 22 June 2006: 89.
Camper, Fred. "A Real Looker." Chicago Reader
9 June 2006, sec. 2: 22.
Hoffman, Ezara. "Carl Baratta and Laura Mackin." Flavorpill Chicago. 30 May 2006.
Weinstein, Michael. "Laura Mackin." Newcity Chicago
23 May 2006.AWARDS/HONORS
Collection Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
CollectionJane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
GrantCommunity Arts Grant, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL, 2009LECTURES/WORKSHOPS
Artist Talk, Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 2014
Artist Talk, threewalls, Chicago, IL, 2012
"Workshop: Science Fiction Study Group" (5 sessions), ADDS DONNA gallery, Chicago, IL, 20112012
"Workshop: Coming of Age in the Classroom and Museum," Visiting Artist/Teacher, Museum of Contemporary Art Summer Teacher Institute, Chicago, IL, August 913, 2012
Artist Talk/Visiting Artist, Lipscomb Univeristy, Nashville, TN, 2009
Artist Talk, Harper College, Palatine, IL, 2009
Panelist for Spun from the Web," School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2006CURATORIAL PROJECTS
20072009Associate Director, Gescheidle (contemporary art gallery), Chicago and Evanston, IL
20072008Director, Giftshop Project Space (contemporary art exhibition space), Chicago, IL
20012003Co-Director, H. Lewis Gallery (contemporary art gallery & events), Baltimore, MD