Laura Napier

Photo Credit: Lauren Click

Artist Bio

Laura Napier is a California born, Bronx based artist exploring behavior, sociology, and place through documentation, installation, and participatory performance. In 2013 she organized Happy Valley, a social performance of the Flint Male Chorus and the Flint City Wide Choir with the Flint Public Art Project in Flint, Michigan, and brought her grandfather’s window cleaning business, Motor City Window Cleaning Co., to Memphis, Tennessee during Memphis Social. In 2012 Activity Committee, staged in collaboration with Carmen Julia Hernández, resurrected historic committees at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx, curated by No Longer Empty. Recent performances and exhibitions with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, FiveMyles, HERE Arts Center, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, and NURTUREart in New York, and also the XVII Biennale d’ Arte Citta di Penne, Penne, Italy; Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; The Hatchery Art Spaces, California; MMX, Berlin, Germany; and NIV in New Delhi, India. Awards include the BRIO Award, Bronx Council on the Arts; DCA Greater New York Arts Development Fund; the Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts; and a Swing Space residency with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She studied at Cooper Union (BFA, 1998) and Bard College (MFA, 2007).