Bio

Lauren Braun is an artist who creates drawings, paintings and collages. Pittsburgh International Airport transformed one of her paintings into a large-scale wall mural on temporary display in the airside terminal through Spring 2019. Recent honors include participating in an Idea Furnace Residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and being selected as an Emerging Artist in the 2018 Three Rivers Arts Festival. She attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and was awarded a Tending Space Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. Her work is held in private, corporate, and public collections. She received her MFA from the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and a BFA cum laude in Art Photography from Syracuse University. A native of Buffalo, NY, Lauren lives in Pittsburgh.

Statement

I am an artist who constructs an imagined architectural world through collages, drawings and paintings. My work is rooted in the Rust Belt and consists of abstract cityscapes and map-like views of unidentified spaces. The architectural hallmarks of the Rust Belt (industrial buildings, brickwork, arched windows, steel bridges) are my visual language. Over the last decade, the visuals in my work reflect our increasingly digital world through the use of colliding planes of color, and the illusion of folding space through line. I employ detailed mark-making, working to the edge of the picture plane, and extreme perspective to exhibit the dizzying growth of the cityscape. This is what I observe happening in the world around me. 

I grew up in a suburb near Buffalo, NY. My childhood memories of Buffalo are punctuated by abandoned industrial steel and grain mills and the grittiness of the city at that time. I moved to Pittsburgh in 2007 and observed many crossover Rust Belt traits with my hometown. Instead of the flat topography found in Buffalo, Pittsburgh is set against the backdrop of mountainous terrain, the junction of three rivers, 90 neighborhoods and 446 bridges. The evolution of Buffalo over my lifetime, and Pittsburgh over the last 12 years that I’ve lived here, is a source of inspiration. In many ways, I observed the glimmer of possibility turn into reinvention for these cities. 


Info@thelaurenbraun.com

Education
2003 MFA Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1999 BFA cum laude, Syracuse University
Art Photography

1995 Attended Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles

Selected Exhibitions

Solo and two person exhibits
2019

Braun & LeDonne: Final Notice, Union Hall Pittsburgh
Transit Wall Mural (temporary) PIT Airport

2017 Lauren Braun & Lisa Bergant Koi: Points of View, Union Hall Pittsburgh

2010 Buffalo Niagara Visitors Center


Group Exhibits
2019
Idea Furnace Retrospective, Pittsburgh Glass Center

2018 Juried Visual Art Exhibit, Three Rivers Arts Festival

2017
Electric Kool Aid, The Brewhouse, Pittsburgh

Dots Shapes Lines Patterns, Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh

Now and Zen, Percolate Art Space, Wilkinsburg

2016
RawDraw, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA

John Riegert, Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (Curated by Brett Yasko)

echo Art Fair, OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services, Inc., Buffalo, NY

2015
microcosm/MACROCOSM,Chatham University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

RawDraw, Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Drawing on Drawing, Framehouse & Jask Gallery, PIttsburgh, PA

No Vacancy, The Mine Factory, PIttsburgh, PA

Black & White, Framehouse & Jask Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Shaping New Worlds, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh New Member Exhibit, Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2014
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Framehouse & Jask Gallery

echo Art Fair, Central Library, Buffalo, NY

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Most Wanted Fine Art, Homestead, PA

Juried Visual Arts Exhibit, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Trust Arts Education Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 103rd Annual Exhibit, Westmoreland Museum of American Art @ Rt. 30, Greensburg, PA

This is Not a Dream, American Jewish Museum, JCC Squirrel Hill


Residencies and Awards
2018 

Emerging Artist, Three Rivers Arts Festival

2017
Tending Space Fellowship for Artists, Hemera Foundation

2016
Idea Furnace, Pittsburgh Glass Center

2006
Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residence
Special Opportunity Stipend, Buffalo Arts Council


Collections

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
PNC Bank Corporate Art Collection