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  • Laura Schiff Bean


Born in New York, 1952


School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1991-1997
George Washington University, BA 1970-1974


The empty coats, dresses and ties in my work reflect on identity as both journey and construct, accumulated and fabricated from the critical moments and turning points that indelibly mark our lives.

The recent inclusion of text and graffiti references the human desire to render our presence tangible, to make our voices heard, to leave our individual mark in a world becoming increasingly cacophonous, filled with the 24/7 intrusions of smartphones, computers, media sound bites, and text messaging.

 While acknowledging the ever-present noise around us, I try to take viewers back inside themselves to find the human presence that often gets lost in the chatter. Whether thinking of human presence as the elusive interior world of the subconscious - evidenced by the butterflies and lights - or the more material, gritty and visible text of graffiti, in the end I view my work as successful if my paintings can leave the viewer feeling just a little bit naked.


 SOLO/2 Person Shows

2017   Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO - upcoming

2015   Patricia Rovzar Gallery Seattle, WA REDEFINED

2014   Gilman Contemporary DEFINED  Ketchum, Idaho

2014   Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA  WITHOUT WORDS

2013   Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2012   Gilman Contemporary,ID  “She Comes and Goes As She Pleases”

2012   Argazzi Art, Lakeville, CT

2011   Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA,  “ 24/7”

2010   Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta NEW WORK

2010   Blue Gallery, KC, Mo

2009   Gallery One, Nashville. INTERSECTIONS: Between Dreams and Memory

2009   Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta  NEW WORK

2009   Lanoue Gallery, Boston MA, JOURNEY


2016    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2016    Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID

2015    Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum, ID

2015    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2014    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2014    Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014    C Parker Gallery, CT  “Yes She Can:

2013    Lanoue Gallery, MA “A Few Of My Favorite Things”

2012    Argazzi Fine Art, Lakeville, CT

2012    Lanoue Gallery, MA “Summer Salon Show”

2012    Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2012    Floria/Forre, Aspen, CO

2012    Art MRKT San Francisco 2012

2012    Argazzi Fine Art, Lakeville,CT

2012    West Branch Gallery, Stowe VT

2012    Forre Fine Art, Aspen/Vail  CO

2011    Gilman Contemporary, Ketchum Idaho

2011    Spring Group Show, Lanoue Fine Art

2011    Forre Fine Art, Aspen, CO

2010    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2010    Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2010    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2009    Lanoue Gallery, Boston,MA

2009    Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta,GA

2008    Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2008   Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta,GA

2008   Gallery One, Nashville, TN: 3 person show, “In Minds Eye”

2007   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN   Packages Large & Small

2007   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville,TN   2007     “Artists In Heat”

2007   Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA  “VISIONS: Contemporary Female Artists”

2007   Lanoue Gallery, MA Group  Show  

2006   Etheringon Fine Art, Vineyard Haven  Group Show 

2005   Windsor Gallery, Dania,FLA Group Show 

2003   Family Tree Gallery, Portsmouth, NH  

2003   Hanson Gallery, Wellfleet,MA: Group Show   

2001   Artana Gallery, Framingham,MA: Group Show


Endicott College, Beverly, MA. February 2009 

BOSTON PAINTS: 22 Boston Painters

ELEANOR D. WILSON MUSEUM at Hollis University , VA . July 2007,




New York Times  1/23/2014

Lakeville Journal ,CT 7/2012

New England Home Magazine  3/2012

ArtScope  3/2009

ArtScope  7/2008

Boston Globe 3/23/2000

Arts Media, December 1996


Bellevue Research Inc, Cambridge, MA 

Escada Retail Inc, Boston, MA 

Medical Portfolio Mgmt., LLC, Cambridge, MA

St. Regis Hotels, Atlanta, GA

Gaylord Entertainment Resorts, Nashville,TN